National dreamers, the national policy and the sugar trade

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dc.contributor.advisor Howell, Colin D., 1944-
dc.coverage.spatial Maritime Provinces
dc.creator Gibbons, Jeffrey Martin 2011-05-09T12:32:04Z 2011-05-09T12:32:04Z 1994
dc.identifier.other HD9114 C22 G52 1994
dc.description xix, 182 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 177-182).
dc.description.abstract This thesis focuses on the process of the industrialization in the Maritimes through an analysis of the sugar refining industry. It looks at three periods in which Maritime entrepreneurs were faced with dramatic economic transformation and observes which strategies they chose to adapt to those events. The first, at which we only look at fleetingly, was the period during the 1830's in which Maritime entrepreneurs expanded their mercantilist methods into markets as far away as the Pacific. The second was the choice of Maritime elites to shore up their traditional trading practises with new industrial technologies and attitudes towards governments. Finally, when faced with economic collapse, Maritime elites attempted to exert controls over the market place through federal policies and monopolies. Another principal aspect in this thesis was the role that economic factors and particularly the sugar refining industry played in the Confederation debate and the subsequent acceptance of the new nation on the part of Nova Scotians. Confederation, in short, was seen as a way to preserve and enhance the Maritimers traditional trade patterns. The notion of a tariff coupled with a captive market allowed Maritime entrepreneurs to anticipate and invigorate economic prosperity. However, industrial prosperity hoped for did not materialize. The new industries faced a chaotic market place the populous of the region turned against Confederation. For those in the new refining industry, however, the only choice available to them was a further embracement of the Canadian market in an attempt to control it. We can say then that the sugar refining industry was the first "Canadian" industry and it played an instrumental role in the "Canadianization" of the region.
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dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HD9114.C22
dc.subject.lcsh Sugar trade -- Maritime Provinces -- History -- 19th century
dc.subject.lcsh Sugar -- Manufacture and refining - Maritime Provinces- History -- 19th century
dc.subject.lcsh Sugar -- Manufacture and refining -- Maritime Provinces -- History -- 1867-
dc.subject.lcsh Sugar -- Manufacture and refining -- Maritime Provinces -- Economic aspects -- History -- 19th century
dc.subject.lcsh Maritime Provinces -- Economic conditions -- 1867-
dc.subject.lcsh Maritime Provinces -- Economic conditions
dc.title National dreamers, the national policy and the sugar trade
dc.type Text Master of Arts in History Masters History Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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