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British Settlement

British Settlement: In accordance with the general immigration trend, few British settlers had established homesteads in Alberta prior to 1900. While some of the younger, more adventurous "remittance men" had ventured to the prairies during the 1880s to work on the ranches, it was not until the thrust of Canada's immigration propaganda program was aimed at the agricultural workers of western Europe that the British began to flood into the west.

While British farmers scattered all across the province, a number of miners congregated in the mining areas of the Crows Nest Pass, Lethbridge, Drumheller and the Coal Branch. Others moved into the cities to join the ranks of the professionals and middle classes. The Barr Colonists settled in at Lloydminister in 1903 and, during the period from 1901-1905 the number of British immigrants settling in Alberta soared to over 11,000 and climbed even higher over the next decade.

To learn more about British Settlement in Alberta, visit Alberta: Home, Home on the Plains - Settling Sundial.



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