The Royal Navy and Canadian Dominion
A survey covering four centuries of the Royal Navy’s role in the founding of Canada and the dominion’s vital place in British strategy after the loss of America. James Cook mapped Newfoundland, Edward Owen and Henry Bayfield surveyed the Great Lakes, and John Franklin Parry charted the vast western coast. Through the 19th century Canada was central to sustaining the empire, providing anchorages, naval stores and a nursery for seamen. Only in the last century, with the emergence of the US as an ally, did that importance diminish.