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Volume XLV, Number 2 Summer/Autumn - Été/Automne (2016)

Le Madawaska entre marche et région frontalière au 19e siècle ou les limites de la construction étatique américaine

December 12, 2016


The border between British North America and the North-East of the United States, defined in 1842, cut in half a community established in the region for almost half a century. Frontiers established after population settlement usually impose on them artificial distinctions that do not respect the latter’s modes of interaction. Their hardening, part of a process of state building, upset existing social and economic relationships. Here, however, geography, commercial interests and real or feigned American disinterest delayed the taking of the border seriously, and this allowed the local inhabitants to preserve a transnational economy and society.