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Jacques Cartier

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One explanation of how Canada may have got its name during Jacques Cartier's first meeting with Iroquoian peoples.

Thousands of years ago aboriginal people trekked over the land bridge from Asia and slowly settled across North America. Around the year 1000, Vikings ventured across the North Atlantic and briefly inhabited the Maritime coast.

 

On old European maps it was labeled terra incognita, a vast bland space that excited their imaginations. John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, Jean Nicollet - Canada's celebrated explorers - plunged into that “unknown country” pursuing riches, fame and adventure.

 

These Minutes portray their stories of adventure and discovery.