General map of the Intercolonial Railway in 1876

Intercolonial Railway Map, 1876

The map shows the Intercolonial Railway line between Rivière-du-Loup and Halifax. This rail link was a political and economic issue for the new Dominion. Prime Minister John A. Macdonald promised to extend the railway to Halifax as a way of convincing the Maritime Provinces to join Confederation in 1867. The railway gave Canadians access to a vast market between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic ports.

Sandford Fleming
c. 1876
Atlantic Provinces, CANADA
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