History of the Great Lakes

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Essay #: 054545
Total text length is 6,753 characters (approximately 4.7 pages).

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The beginning:
History of the Great Lakes
This course has explored a series of concepts and metaphors aimed at understanding the history of the Great Lakes region. One of the most significant concepts has been the concept of the “divided ground.” As time allows, the next several pages will look at how useful the idea is and whether or not it describes or distorts the history of the region in the century following 1783. In the end, the notion is a very good one because it does capture how North America was often a battleground – a “divided ground” – involving various groups; over time, some groups fell by the wayside as others asserted themselves. As well, the dividing line image is effective because Canada and the United States were in a state of...
The end:
.....at had floated into its sphere of operations from somewhere else. Additionally, Canada is an odd situation insofar as the federal division of powers complicates things: The Federal government makes the rules regarding fishing even though, as a natural resource, the province of Ontario technically owns the fish. In any case, the tensions here perfectly capture the tensions between the various governments (on both sides of the border) and between Canada and the United States as a whole.
To end, the idea of “divided ground” is a good way of summarizing the history of the Great Lakes because, as lines shifted or were erased, group interactions and statuses were revealed and underlying tensions between peoples were opened up to the light of day.