Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

The soldier here, as everywhere in Canada, appeared to be put forward, and by his best foot. They were in the proportion of the soldiers to the laborers in an African ant-hill.... On every prominent ledge you could see England's hands holding the Canadas, and I judged from the redness of her knuckles that she would soon have to let go.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Yankee in Canada" (1853), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 16, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

Thoreau's plural ("the Canadas") refers to the two main provinces of early nineteenth-century British North America: Upper and Lower Canada (roughly, modern-day Ontario and Quebec).
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