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The development of the British North American colonies was exposed to the decision of revolution or evolution not once but many times and is still a trademark of Canada's national character today with the question of separatism poping up often in the political life of Quebec. The four main tests of loyalty to the British and Canadian governments started with both the French and English populations rejecting the invitation and the military pressure of the new American republic, to join the 13 colonies in their declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.

The real rebellions however took place in 1837 and 1885 and in widely different parts of the country. Upper Canada and MacKenzie, Papineau and Lower Canada and of course the Great Northwest Rebellion of Riel and the Métis in 1885.


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