Title: Map of part of the Province of Manitoba. [Protestant and Roman Catholic School Districts]. Scale: 1 inch to 12 mile. Description: Concentric rings are coloured red or blue according to religious denomination, and the bars are Green.
Author: Canada. Dept. of the Interior
Source: Library and Archives Canada/Bibliothèque et Archives Canada. Microfiche:NMC 5541. Call Number/Cote: H3 501 [1890] F 501 [1880]. Record No/Numéro de document: 26918
Year: 1890
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Few maps were prepared before 1900 showing cultural features, and this map of the 1890s is an important exception, and a pleasant surprise. It shows the distribution of Protestant and Catholic school districts in the mid-'90s in Manitoba in a rather unique way. Thus it is not only of interest as a document showing an aspect of cultural geography, but also because of the cartographic technique used. The map was prepared at the time of the Manitoba School Question. The cartographer showed the total number of school districts in an area by means of concentric rings and differentiated the number of Protestant and Catholic schools by colour, as described in the legend. This is one of the first maps to give us, in an indirect way, the distribution of the two main religious groups in Manitoba. Since the Protestant schools (red rings) outnumber the Roman Catholic Schools (blue rings) it is simplest to explain the map by listing the number of blue rings or the various post offices is as follows: Brandon--1, Coldspring--1, West of Coldspring--1, Eustace--2, Southwest of Eustace--1, Fannystelle--1, Fort Alexander--1, Giroux--1, Joly--4, Kinosota--2, La Broquerie--1, Letellier--2, Southeast of Letellier--1, Lorette--4, Manitou--1, South of Marquette--1, Oak Lake--4, Pigeon Lake--1, Poplar Point--1, Ste. Agathe--4, St. Alphonse--3, St. Boniface--5, St. Charles--1, St. Francois Xavier--2, St. Jean--6, St. Joseph--1, St. Laurent--1, St. Norbert--1, St. Vital--2, Ste. Anne--4, Starbuck--1, West Selkirk--1, Winnipeg--1, Whitemouth--1.

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