International Presence

July 1, 1867 - June 6, 1891
Sir John A. Macdonald circa 1883 by William James Topley. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Sir John A. Macdonald circa 1883 by William James Topley. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

While Macdonald is feted for his local municipal presence and national role as the "Father of Canada," his presence on the international stage should also be acknowledged. His pursuit of economic viability through the protection of the "National Policy" was accompanied by his assertion of the young nation's presence on the international stage in a complicated era: the Italian Risorgimento and the formation of a unified Italy; the United States Civil War and its sense of "Manifest Destiny"; the unification of the Germany states under Prussian dominance; post-Crimean war negotiations with Russia, Great Britain, and the United States; the Meiji Restoration in Japan – were all other contributions to the geopolitics of national development of the day.