Why did Manitoba join the Confederation?


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Manitoba joined the Confederation as a proactive way to protect their rights and land. Canadians hoped to expand west to prevent the United States from expanding upwards and downwards, soon after the U.S. had purchased Alaska.

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When the native people, the Metis, realized that Canadians would be moving into their land, they took control of Fort Garry and created a government with the intent of protecting their rights. They negotiated their rights with Sir John A. Macdonald, which turned into the Manitoba Act of 1870. With this act, Manitoba became a new province and a part of the Canadian Federation.

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