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Im doing this activity which is called township in upper canada, and we each got a person whom we have to shift in their new lot. So basically Im imagining that I am that person and that Ive got my lot. My location ticket says that my concession is 12 and lot is 8, so the area that Im staying in I can see is flat and desertlike. There is no lake nearby, but there is a river 2 lots away from mine. And I have access to a road so if I need water, I can go on travel on the road and collect water from the river. The area Im staying in looks plain, empty, clear, clean, view would be nice. I don't know how the soil would be like?

This is the person I am being:

Allan Maclean - 30 years old
Country of origin - Scotland
Family - Wife 25yrs, 1 daughter 8yrs, 2 sons 7yrs, 5yrs.
Education - literate, grain merchant
Wealth - $500
Religion - Presbyterian
Month of lot purchase - April
Equipment/Supplies - 3 50lb sacks of grain, fully stocked tool kit, 1 box of nails, 1 bag of seeds
Location ticket - Concession 12 Lot 8.

Is your land flad? hills? covered trees? rocks? how is the soil like?
Is the soil good frow growing crops? Are their drainage like animals in your area? Is there fresh water for drinking? Is there a river nearby? Beneficial?

What are your plans for the first three months?

What are your plans for the next two years?
-(duties required to do by law before you get deed to your land)
(how you plan to survive through first winter, what you will do if someone in your family is injured or becomes sick, If you're going to grow a crop, how will you harvest it? How do you plan to meet others? How are you planning to meet others in your area? Or does the isolation not bother you?

-Do you feel it is important to co operate with others?
-Do you feel a school should be built nearby?
A church in your area? If so who will build it and how?
-Is transportation a problem? What about roads? waterways? You feel you should be involved in building them?
How do you "pay for" the goods and services you need and use?
What ways are there for making money?

Make plans for the next 5 years.
-How do you plan on looking after soil so it does not become depleted?
-What will you do if you need more land?
What industries do you think should be developed in the area? How should this be done?
-Is there a need for a village or town to be built in your area? Where would it best be built?
Would you provide assistance to newcomers? If yes, what kind of assistance? If not then why not?
What problems have you had in keeping roads in good condition?
How have the crown reserves and clergy reserves interfered with your building and maintaining the roads? How has the land-growing system encouraged speculation?

How will area in which you live change over the next 5 years?

My information:
The land is plain, empty, clean, clear, can see river from afar(only 2 lots away)
Desertlike area. Soil would be rich, good for growing crops, can get water from river by accessing the road.
-not harmful in any way, no creatures seem to be around.(safe zone)

My house in northwest, I have created a fence, made a small hut, which I will improve on over time, within the next 5 years ofcourse. Ive got some seeds as well, so Im planning to plant trees, especially fruit trees, vitamins are essential for health.

I will also create a room shack

My plans for first three months would be to try to make money so I can purchase my needs. I would sell off some grain and try to find a job or open up a merchant shop, where I could sell off my grain or bread.
-Also I would improve on my hut

The land is fertile, long enough growing season for food crops, hunting, fishing - To get food.
Hunt deer for their fur
Start planting, making a garden, crops.
-eel fishing (winter)
buggalo - their hide
butchershop - buy meat

Its important to cooperate, that way I could receive help and give a helping hand to others around me. Help my neighbours by supplying them with what they need, and they could do same for me as well.
-Community service would be good, or a meeting where we could all meet eachother and get to know one another.

-School should be built, kids need education, and will be literate. They can volunteer to do things like services and make money as well. They can help with farming.

The road's will probably have lots of liter on them, so I would help clear all that off.


Transportation - Bike, create a cycle, or just go by foot. Maybe wagon?

-provide assistance to newcomers.
-get neighbours to contribute in building school.

Food: Bread, butter , potatoes, mush and milk
*Making candles

-Get a large barn - Farming
-sheds attached to barn
-Farmer's hay and straw and to protect stock during cold and stormy weather.

Trade eggs, butter at general store.

The wife could do a job as well, maybe do quilting.

After the next five years, My hut will be bigger than before, and I think I will be buying wants more than needs.

I need a few more information, could u please give me a good site that shows how the immigrants lived, church, and all?

What is that I need to add, and what have I missed?

Also Im supposed to put this all into a journal or report format. Which one would be easier for me to do? And I don't get how to start a report format?

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    "Desertlike area. Soil would be rich, good for growing crops, can get water from river by accessing the road.
    -not harmful in any way, no creatures seem to be around.(safe zone)"

    How can it be both desertlike and available water? There are many creatures -- including deer, rodents, and occasionally bears.

    "The road's will probably have lots of liter on them, so I would help clear all that off."

    What do you mean by litter? If you're the first settler, the roads are probably little more than deer paths. You need to clear your own roads.

    "Transportation - Bike, create a cycle, or just go by foot. Maybe wagon?"

    You must be talking about the late 1700s -- or earlier. Bikes weren't used until the late 1800s. You'd walk or row canoe on the river. If you're rich you might have a horse.

    Check out these sites for more information.

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    Sorry I meant not desertlike, but the land is plain and yellow brownish.
    So would I be affected in that area? Would the creatures come any where around where I live?

    Alright, so I clear the roads, and get others around me to help clean as well.

    Alright, a horse..I could get one from a farm right?

    Thanks for the site:)
    Could I just ask one more thing, I have to put all this information into journal or report format, I just don't really get how to do that?

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    Sara -- you're one of the first pioneers in this area. You might buy a horse from native or from someone further east who has lived in Canada for a while. You only have $500 to buy food, other necessities and set your self up in business.

    Where did you get the idea that the land is yellow-brownish? Upper Canada is near the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. This region had lush foliage and was very green -- unless it was winter.

    A journal format would detail your activities every day -- or you could just write in your journal once a month -- explaining what you've done in the past month.

    Deer, rabbits, birds, and probably foxes and the occasional bear are still in southern Ontario (Upper Canada).

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    Thanks Ms. Sue once I finish up my journal entries, Ill post them here for you to have a look at:)
    Thanks for all your help, I really appreciate it:D

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    Oh Ms. Sue the site doesnt appear, it brings me to google.

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    Ms. Sue how does this sound, Ive started it....

    Journal of Allan Maclean
    After a long wait, I am ultimately where I’ve been longing to be. Ah! My lot needs my attention; I shall clean the road and build a fence. The land is beautiful.

    Is this the way to start it?
    Also do I need to insert a date in a journal? Month or anything of that sort? I've never written a diary myself so Im not too sure.

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    Yes. The Google site has links to many articles about Upper Canada pioneers.

    Good luck with your journal.

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    Yes, start with the date.

    You'll CLEAR the road of weeds, not clean it.

    You're neglecting the food. You need to feed yourself and your family. Where are you getting your food? Remember there is no grocery store.

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    Could I pick any random date from 1763 - 1895? Cause this is when the pioneer settlement happened.

    Oh I see:) Thanks for the heads up Ms. Sue:)


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    Oh I've come with some equipment as well. And I have grain, so I could feed myself and my family with that for a few days, or I guess I could sell some of it. I could collect fish from the river as well.

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    I suggest you start with about 1765.

    You'll also need to clear the trees so that you can plant a garden.

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