A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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The first wave of Dutch immigrants to Canada came because their homeland was being occupied by foreign soldiers.

False. Though Holland was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War, Dutch immigrants came to Canada long before. The first main wave of Dutch immigrants to Canada were drawn by the dream of a traditional way of life. In the last decade of the nineteenth century, the Netherlands was in the middle of a revolution. A predominantly rural and agricultural society had been transformed into an urban, industrial one. Not everyone was willing to accept this "better way of life." The alternative was to head for the open frontiers of North America. And when cheap arable land became scarce in the United states by the 1880s, the Dutch and Dutch Americans turned to Canada as the "Last Best West."

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