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Secondary III • 9mo.

I would also like to know what encouraged the importation of timber from Lower Canada in the 19th century?

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    Team Alloprof • 9mo. edited September 2021

    Hello Zebrejaune!

    In the 19th century, the importation of lumber from Lower Canada was favored by two things; the continental blockade of Napoleon Bonaparte and the customs tariffs.

    Napoleon's blockade prevented the United Kingdom from importing its timber from northern Europe. This is why the latter turned to Lower Canada in order to import its wood there.

    The United Kingdom, by the same token, will establish preferential tariffs on wood from Lower Canada, which makes it less expensive than anywhere else for those who want to buy it.

    A preferential tariff is a reduction in the customs duty for products imported from the colonies.

    Wood then became the most important economic activity in Lower Canada at the beginning of the 19th century.

    Hope that answers your question!

    Let us know if we can help you with anything else!:)

    -Marilee