A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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The immigration posters depicting the Canadian west as the last great paradise were true to the Abersons' experience as Dutch immigrants.

False. When Jane and Bob Aberson settled in Dauphin, Manitoba, they soon realized that Dauphin was no Eden and farming no romance. Making a living on a small farm was far from the romantic lifestyle depicted on the immigration posters. What often awaited immigrants was harsh winters, poor living conditions, low pay and back-breaking work. Jane Aberson made a little extra money to supplement the farm income by writing columns back home, tempering the immigration myth with a hardy dose of fact.

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