In total, the world is now home to over 7 billion people, an immense population which is spread across a grand total of 195 sovereign countries, which come in all forms of different shapes and sizes. Now, as we all know, there are certain countries that are far more influential and powerful in both a military and economic sense than others, and there are also countries that have technically been around for hundreds of years; but whether you are as powerful as the United States, Russia and China, or as old as Greece and Egypt, or are as small as San Marino and Luxembourg, there is always one common thread-- that you are an independent nation. Canada is one such nation, and ever since it officially became a nation back in 1867, it has become one of the best places in the entire world to live.
As a country, Canada is the second largest in the world, as it encompasses an area of almost 4 million square miles, which is incredibly large, especially considering that it is home to only 36 million people. Even if you have never been to Canada, there are certain things that people know about it, such as the free health care, the citizens who are considered to be extremely humble and kind, the prominence of the sport of hockey, its association with maple syrup, the Mounties, and its current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. With all that being said though, there are still quite a few things that people do not know about Canada, and the purpose of this article will be to reveal 15 secrets that people may have never known about the country.
15 Thanks To Canada, Basketball Exists
14 The National Animal
13 Hockey Is Not The Official Sport?!
12 A Portion Of Mars Is Dedicated To Canada
11 Almost A Province Called Buffalo
10 A National Park Bigger Than Some Countries
9 Interesting Town Names
8 Overpasses For Animals
7 Responsible For Color Of USA Currency
6 Iceberg Harvesting
5 Secret Underground Laboratory
4 Serves As Santa Claus
3 The World’s First UFO Landing Pad
2 Annual Bathtub Race
1 The USA Invaded Canada Twice
Countries and civilizations have invaded each other for thousands of years, and the reason behind such military incursions, has primarily been for expansion or to take other people’s resources. As many people know, the United States and Canada are the closest of allies, which is unsurprising seeing as the two countries are literally neighbors, but the relationship between the two nations has not always been a peaceful one. In its history, Canada has been invaded by its southern neighbors twice, with the first coming in 1775 during the Revolutionary War, when the Continental Army invaded Quebec. The purpose behind this invasion was to try and get the support of Quebec’s french-speaking population (who were now a part of the British Empire) to join the U.S. in the fight against the English, but the British defenders were able to permanently repel the invasion in December. The second invasion came during the War of 1812 when the U.S. attempted to take the Canadian territories away from the British, an invasion which was again successfully repelled and included Canadian soldiers burning down the White House. It is a good thing both nations have no hard feelings regarding these military clashes.
Sources: ReadersDigest, Wikipedia
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