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140   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

 

homes. Large grants were made to all officers who had fought under the British flag in the Revolutionary War,

and also to many friends of the government officials. Many of these people really cared little for the land. Sometimes it was hard even to find out who owned it. At times grants were sold for almost nothing. One, for in-stance, was sold for a saddle, and another for a quart of rum! Some men bought up large quantities of land, and kept it unused for years, till they could sell it at a large profit. This was soon found to be very bad for Canada.

Blocks of this land, which could not be used, came between the lands open to settlement, often obliging the colonists to live far apart. This made it difficult for them to build schools or churches, or even to make good roads. -

MONUMENT TO JOSEPH BRANT AT
BRANTFORD.

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