Canada is the second largest country by area in the world ... Russia is first, then Canada, followed by China with the fourth being America (USA) ...
|c/o World Atlas|
There's a huge amount of information on Canada - so this will be miniscule ... but over the time I'm here I expect I'll be posting more about this part of the world ... so for now just some jottings ...
While a variety of theories have been postulated for the etymological origins of Canada, the name is now accepted as coming from the St Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning "village" or "settlement".
Jacques Cartier's first voyage - 1534
In 1535, indigenous inhabitants of the present-day Quebec City region used the word to direct French explorer Jacques Cartier (1491 - 1557) to a local village.
|Portrait of Jacques Cartier by |
Theophile Hamel c 1844
Cartier then used the word to refer not only to the village, but to the entire area subject to the chief at the village. By 1545, European books and maps had begun referring to this small region along the St Lawrence River as Canada.
From the 16th to 18th century "Canada" referred to the part of New France that lay along the St Lawrence River ... before the British colonised the area ... and Canada eventually became Canada.
That is C for Canada ... from Aspects by a British 'girl' in Canada ...
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