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Vintage Photos: Agriculture

In 1870, Canada added Manitoba as its newest province. A major goal was to settle the West and curtail spread of Americans settlers into the Canadian prairies. Lands were surveyed and opened for homesteading. Within a generation, this area was transformed from a hunting/gathering/ trading economy into an agriculture-based market economy.  Vintage photos trace the development of agriculture from the early days of breaking prairie soil though arrival of the railways and local grain elevators.