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The wild, wacky, weird, wonderful and downright dark stories in Canadian history told in no particular order.

Cool Canadian History David Borys

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    • 4.8, 20 Ratings

The wild, wacky, weird, wonderful and downright dark stories in Canadian history told in no particular order.

    S5E20 The Underground Railroad

    S5E20 The Underground Railroad

    From the early 1830s to the onset of the American Civil War in 1860 British North America became the primary destination for slaves escaping to freedom. To get there they had to undergo a harrowing journey and for most of those that successfully arrived they did so because of the work of the Underground Railroad.

    • 21 min
    S5E19 A Lost Cause? Canada’s Diplomatic Involvement in the Vietnam War

    S5E19 A Lost Cause? Canada’s Diplomatic Involvement in the Vietnam War

    Prior to America's official entry into the Vietnam war Canada spearheaded diplomatic efforts to find some sort of peaceful resolution, balancing a need to show support for America in the ongoing Cold War while also seeking to avoid escalation and a potential global nuclear war.

    • 20 min
    S5E18 Nuns on the Frontier – The Ursulines of Quebec

    S5E18 Nuns on the Frontier – The Ursulines of Quebec

    The Ursulines are a Catholic female religious order who played an important role in the early years of the French colony of New France. Despite hunger, war, disease and brutal environmental conditions the Ursulines persevered and became fixtures within Quebec society becoming educators and social activists within the growing colonial community.

    • 23 min
    S5E17 The Dutch Food Crisis and Operation Faust

    S5E17 The Dutch Food Crisis and Operation Faust

    In May of 1945 Canadian soldiers carried out a little-known food delivery operation deep into enemy held territory to help relieve the near-starving Dutch living under a brutal Nazi occupation regime.

    • 24 min
    S5E16 The Wabanaki Confederacy

    S5E16 The Wabanaki Confederacy

    During the 17th and 18th centuries the British had to deal with one of the most powerful Indigenous alliances in all of North America, the Wabanaki Confederacy. Forged in defending their territory against incursions from the Five Nations Iroquois, the Wabanaki maintained their influence over their traditional territory for decades in the face of a massive and expanding British Empire.

    • 22 min
    S5E15 The Coloured Corps and the War of 1812

    S5E15 The Coloured Corps and the War of 1812

    When the War of 1812 erupted in June 1812 the status of Black Canadians in Upper Canada was a confusing and complex blend of abolitionist dreams, slave holding intentions, and racial prejudice. In spite of this, a unit was raised to help in the defence of the colony and was one of the most reliable militia units in the entire Upper Canadian defence force, though struggled to get its proper recognition in the aftermath.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Sarita7981 ,

a WW1 history podcast

I was hoping to learn more about unknown parts of general Canadian history but it seems mostly fixated on world war 1 in Europe. A bit moe diversity in Canadian historical geography and location would be interesting.

Derlemke ,

Good Ole Neighbor

Canadian history is fascinating and rich. Glad we have a solid a devoted source for Canadian history.

Bliz3.10 ,

Very enjoyable!

The host clearly does a lot of research to bring these stories to life. As a history buff, I appreciate both the storytelling and it’s accuracy! Keep up the good work!

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