Conspicuous by their Absence: French Canadians and the Settlement of the Canadian West

@article{Mackinnon2005ConspicuousBT,
  title={Conspicuous by their Absence: French Canadians and the Settlement of the Canadian West},
  author={M. Mackinnon},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  year={2005},
  volume={65},
  pages={822 - 849}
}
The failure of French Canadians to settle the Canadian west before 1900, when substantial numbers of anglophones and Europeans were migrating, is a long-standing puzzle. Historians have relied mainly on cultural explanations. Using new data, we demonstrate that anglophones and francophones had very different personal characteristics, so that movement to the west was rarely economically attractive for francophones. However, large-scale migration into New England fitted French Canadians… Expand