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Northwest Territories

noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
a territory of Canada lying N of 60 degrees N and extending E from the Yukon Territory to Nunavut. 519,732 sq. mi. (1,346,106 sq. km)
Capital: Yellowknife.
Also called Old Northwest.
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  • It marked the beginning of a lasting peace, which opened the "old northwest" to the white settler.

    American Men of Action Burton E. Stevenson
  • For a long time Southerners determined the course of history in the old northwest.

    The Old Northwest Frederic Austin Ogg
  • Nearly ten thousand miles had been built in the old northwest alone in the ten preceding years.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • Although not politically a part of the old northwest, in history she is closely related to that region.

    The Frontier in American History Frederick Jackson Turner
  • She thus has a smaller percentage of native population than any other of the States formed from the old northwest.

    The Frontier in American History Frederick Jackson Turner
  • The occupation of the Western prairies was determined by forces similar to those which settled the old northwest.

    The Frontier in American History Frederick Jackson Turner
  • Cotton culture and the negro make a clear line of division between the old northwest and the South.

    The Frontier in American History Frederick Jackson Turner
  • Certain it is that the leaders of the silver movement came from the native element furnished by the old northwest.

    The Frontier in American History Frederick Jackson Turner
  • The capture of Vincennes was the first chapter in the conquest of the old northwest.

British Dictionary definitions for old northwest

Old Northwest

noun
1.
(in the early US) the land between the Great Lakes, the Mississippi, and the Ohio River. Awarded to the US in 1783, it was organized into the Northwest Territory in 1787 and now forms the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and part of Minnesota See also Northwest Territory

Northwest Territories

plural noun
1.
a territory of NW Canada including part of Victoria Island and several other islands of the Arctic; comprised over a third of Canada's total area until Nunavut became a separate territory in 1999: rich mineral resources. Pop: 42 810 (2004 est). Area: 2 082 910 sq km (804 003 sq miles) NWT
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Northwest Territories definition


Territory in northern Canada made up of several administrative districts, which include all the areas to the north of sixty degrees latitude between Hudson Bay and the Yukon and all the islands in Hudson Bay. Very sparsely populated, these territories make up more than one-third of Canada's total area.

Note: In 1998, Canada carved a homeland for the Inuit people, known as Nunavut (“Our Land”), from the Northwest Territories.
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