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What was the geopolitical status of Newfoundland prior to 1949? [closed]

Newfoundland "only" became part of Canada on March 31, 1949. What was the geopolitical status of Newfoundland prior to its annexation to Canada (or however it fused with the rest of Canada, if "...
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Why are the USA and Canada's states border so straight?

Many states within the USA and Canada have straight lines as a border, completely ignoring natural borders like mountains or rivers. Many American states and Canadian provinces are just rectangle-...