- Question 1
- The first wave of Dutch
immigrants to Canada came because their homeland was being occupied
by foreign soldiers.
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."