Lower Canada

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Lower Canada

A historical region and province of British North America on the lower St. Lawrence River and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, roughly coextensive with southern modern-day Quebec, Canada. Formed in 1791 from the eastern half of the Province of Quebec (1763-1791), it joined Upper Canada in 1841 to form the Province of Canada (1841-1867).
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Lower Canada

n
(Placename) (from 1791 to 1841) the official name of the S region of the present-day province of Quebec. Compare Upper Canada
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Low′er Can′ada

(ˈloʊ ər)
n.
former name of Quebec province 1791–1841.
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The first major push toward republicanism came from the leaders of the failed Lower Canada Rebellion, whose 1838 Declaration of Independence proclaimed the formation of the Republic of Lower Canada. Among the document's key points were the abolition of all feudal and seignieurial privileges and the complete separation of church and state--including the elimination of the mandatory tithe to the Catholic Church.
However civic a republic of Lower Canada might have set out to become, its proclamation would inevitably have unleashed the same sort of passions amongst the anglophone population of the day that more recent debates over Quebec sovereignty engendered in 1980 or 1995.