Is it easier to learn Mandarin or Cantonese first?

Since Mandarin Chinese is taught more and more in schools, I’ve noticed there are many more resources to learn Mandarin Chinese as opposed to Cantonese Chinese.

For Mandarin Chinese speakers, was it difficult for you to learn Cantonese? And Cantonese speakers, was it difficult to learn Mandarin? I understand that the dialects pretty much share the same written system for the most part, but I was wondering if one dialect is easier to learn than the other.

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