Primary Source Analysis

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Essay #: 062978
Total text length is 6,322 characters (approximately 4.4 pages).

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Primary Source Analysis 
The document in question is titled, “Treaty of 1725 with Tribes of Nova Scotia, Some New England, Areas.” The area of Canada that this treaty deals with is the East Coast – and more specifically, Nova Scotia. The treaty informs the modern reader that the East Coast of Canada (and America) was, during the early 1700s, in a very difficult position. Simply, Britain had yet to firmly establish authority in these regions, and as a result several First Nations tribes were challenging that weak authority. Clearly, since this is a treaty, there was an open conflict between the Britain and several tribes on the East Coast of Canada. The treaty, however, when taken at face value, tells only part of the story. Upon further...
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.....are excellent at both hiding and revealing information. The ways in which the treaty hid the true nature of the British situation, and the true nature of their intentions, is unsettling. At the same time, however, a careful exploration of the document reveals just as much. When the document was considered in relation to the larger historical situation, it shed valuable insight into the realities of colonial life. A textbook may say that life on the East Coast of Canada was difficult at this time, but only with a primary source are the details of that difficulty revealed.  
Works Cited
“Treaty of 1725 with Tribes of Nova Scotia, Some New England, Areas.” Ed. Margaret Conrad and Alvin 
Finkel
. CD-ROM. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada, 2009.