" I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me; the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart. "
Jerome K. Jerome

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British Columbia Joins Confederation of Canada

In the years leading up to British Columbia's entrance into the Confederation of Canada, two distinct gold rushes prompted financial crisis in the region as well as fears that the US might attempt to annex the British colony. In 1871, British Columbia became the 6th province to join the Confederation. In return, Canada assumed a large portion of the province's debt and strengthened its own hand in international trade. What does British Columbia's Latin motto Splendor sine occasu mean?



Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Longfellow was a popular 19th c. American poet. He wrote some of the most popular poems in American literature and his works created a new body of romantic American legends. In preparation for professorships, he traveled to Europe twice to study languages. His works were immensely popular during his lifetime and remain so, despite critics' complaints that they are simple, sentimental, and moralizing. As a teenager, Longfellow began a lifelong friendship with what other famous American novelist?

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Carlos Santana

Santana is a Mexican-American Grammy Award winning guitarist known for his searing, emotional playing. He became famous in the late 1960s with his eponymous band that created a highly successful blend of salsa, rock, blues, and jazz. He has sold over 80 million albums worldwide, was inaugurated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has influenced countless musicians. What instrument did Santana play as a boy before switching to guitar?

Last updated on Friday, 20th July 2007

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