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Cartoon published in 1887 commenting on new railways in Canada
(HIP/Topfoto, Punch, 15 October 1887)
HIP/Topfoto, Punch; cartoon on new Canadian railways 1887
How to use this source
Study this source carefully.
1 What impression does this source give of life in the British empire in terms of the following issues:
  • the benefits of economic development in the empire?
  • the economic benefits of the empire to Britain?
  • the British giving independence to some countries in the empire?
  • the relationship between the British government and the settlers?
2 Explain whether you think this source gives a positive or negative view of the empire.

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