Law-making in pre-Confederation British North America
Atlantic Canada has faced tremendous challenges within the last 500 years—including transatlantic and continental pulls, commercial exploitation and settler expansion, forced removal of local populations and extremes of wealth and poverty. These historical circumstances make Atlantic Canada an important but often overlooked microcosm of complex trends associated with European expansion and the development of the modern world. Dr. Elizabeth Mancke, Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies, is studying how British North Americans balanced imperial, provincial and local claims and staked out their positions within an increasingly interdependent, globalized and culturally diverse British empire. Mancke is also capturing provincial perspectives in the six pre-Confederation colonies—Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Lower Canada, Upper Canada, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland—by analyzing the legislation they passed. In addition, Mancke is compiling the BNA Legislative Database, which she will make available as an open-source research tool. Her research will shed light on the role Atlantic Canada has played in North American and world history.