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Old 06-27-2013, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Why are Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine considered part of Quebec when they are actually closer to New Brunswick?
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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Territorial boundaries sometimes arent based on logic, as an example the Pierre-et-Miquelon islands are right off Canadas east coast yet for some reason they belong to France.

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Old 06-27-2013, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Why are Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine considered part of Quebec when they are actually closer to New Brunswick?
Why is Alaska considered part of the US when it's closer to Canada?
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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These islands have been part of the Province of Quebec since the (British passed) Quebec Act of 1774. The Province of Quebec, which included much of Ontario and the US Midwest, has since seen its borders change considerably, but the islands have always stayed with Quebec.

Note that most of the population of the islands is made up of descendants of Acadian deportees from present-day Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

I have not been able to find any info as to why the islands were made part of Quebec, as opposed to the British possessions in Atlantic Canada.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Apparently they once had a sizeable English speaking community but that community is long gone / assimilated
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Apparently they once had a sizeable English speaking community but that community is long gone / assimilated
Some are still there actually. I think just under 10% of the islands' population is anglo today.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Apparently they once had a sizeable English speaking community but that community is long gone / assimilated
Acajack's right, there's a few English fishing villages on the northern part of the Archipelego, apparently the English in the islands mostly arrived as survivors from the many shipwrecks that occurred in the area. There's several hundred in Grosse-Ile which is the biggest of the English settlements and a hundred or so each in Old Harry and Entry Island. Small, isolated fishing villages in the middle of nowhere aren't exactly booming these days though so I'm not surprised to hear there's a certain ongoing decline, especially considering the English are living in some of the smaller and more isolated of the villages.

As for why the islands are part of Quebec, well, Quebec consists of the parts of New France east of the Ottawa that weren't conquered in 1710, so I assume that the British must not have captured those islands until after the Seven Years War, so that would explain why.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:29 PM
 
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Same reason why Alaska is part of the US when it is closer and borders Canada only.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Same reason why Alaska is part of the US when it is closer and borders Canada only.
"Canada is the triumph of history over geography."
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Why is Alaska considered part of the US when it's closer to Canada?
After the U.S. bough Alaska from Russia, a dispute over the boundaries with Canada started. It is still a sore spot with some British Columbians that the Alaska panhandle exists at all. When you look at a map, it looks like a land grab.

Alaska Boundary Dispute - The Canadian Encyclopedia
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