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From the years between 1789 when the American Constitution was put into effect through to l867 when British North America became the Dominion of Canada there existed foreign influences which impacted on the formation of Canada as an independent country The United States of America had a major impact on Canadian Confederation and played an influential role in its formation American attitudes and political military and economic actions were influential factors that nudged Canadians along the path to unionThe American attitudes such as Manifest Destiny and slavery had an impact on Canadian Confederation The idea of Manifest Destiny was that it was the United States of Americas God given right to be in control of all of North America Continental expansion was becoming part of Gods plan for the American republic The idea of it seemed to appear in every action like the Civil War Trent Affair St Albans Raid Fenian Raids and the cancellation of the Reciprocity Treaty There were a number of reasons for these actions but one underlying reason was to accomplish Manifest Destiny By the United States controlling its neighbouring countries it controlled its own destiny This says that the United States had to control everything just to prove it could control itself Slavery was practised in some parts of the United States Canada was opposed to slavery and would not want to be part of a country where fifteen out of thirty states practised it This is presented by Canadians supporting the abolitionists during the Civil WarThe Political actions that affected Canadian Confederation were the American Constitution and the St Albans raid When the American Constitution was written the Unites States had a fear of central government They decided to have states rights Here they had a weak central government and strong state governments This eventually lead to the Civil War eighty years later When slavery came about half of the states practised it while the other half were opposed
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