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Ontario    by Claire Welch order for
by Claire Welch
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Chartwell, 2009 (2009)

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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This collection of photos that highlights the province's history is divided into five broad sections: Indigenous peoples and discovery (-1700), A fight for dominance (1700-63), Life after the Seven Years War (1763-1900), Economics and legislation (1900-60) and From the twentieth century to the new millennium (1960-).

After a very short, two page introduction, the author drops the narrative and largely lets the photos do the talking. Each full page photo or two page spread is accompanied by a sentence or two identifying what the viewer is seeing.

Although there isn't much factual content here, the assembled photos do tell an intriguing story of Ontario's history and development. From Toronto's waterfront, Horseshoe Falls, and North Beach in Pukaskwa National Park to a sweeping view of Ottawa, a ship passing through the Wellington Canal and Fort York on Lake Ontario, this perspective covers a lot of ground in just 160 pages.

Half the size of a standard book, Ontario will fit nicely on a living room table. This might be an ideal way to introduce visitors to the province before you begin a round of sightseeing.

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