Event Title

Republic of New Iceland

Description

The Republic of New Iceland existed in north-central Manitoba from 1878 to 1887. During this time it was a semi-autonomous and self-governing enclave, as "Iceland West" within the Canadian interior. Melded somewhat into the multi-ethnic milieu of the larger nation over time, the region of Icelandic settlement, centered about Gimli, has retained much more than most an attachment to the culture and language of its homeland and pride in its past. It remains a "Little Iceland" to this day.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

8-3-2008 8:00 AM

Subject - LCSH

Icelanders--Manitoba; Manitoba--History, Local

End Date

8-3-2008 5:00 PM

Session

Social and Cultural Geographies

Genre/Form

Abstracts

Type

event

Geographic Coverage

Manitoba; Gimli (Man.)

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

Keywords

Republic of New Iceland, Gimli, Manitoba, culture

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Republic of New Iceland

The Republic of New Iceland existed in north-central Manitoba from 1878 to 1887. During this time it was a semi-autonomous and self-governing enclave, as "Iceland West" within the Canadian interior. Melded somewhat into the multi-ethnic milieu of the larger nation over time, the region of Icelandic settlement, centered about Gimli, has retained much more than most an attachment to the culture and language of its homeland and pride in its past. It remains a "Little Iceland" to this day.