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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 19:30:11 EDT


"Although the Vikings may have stayed at L'Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland
only a few years, they left behind a substantial settlement. The community
consisted of several houses, workshops, and a small forge."
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"The Native Peoples encountered by the Vikings were referred to as
Skraelings. "
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"In 1534 Jacques Cartier erected a 30 foot cross in claiming Canada for
France. When questioned by Donnacona, the Chief of Stadacona, Cartier described the
cross as an insignificant landmark carrying no meaning."
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"In 1524 Italian Giovanni da Verrazzano explored the coastline of Cape Breton
Island to Florida. During his voyages he claimed the entire eastern coast of
North America for his patron, King Francois l of France."
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"In June 1497, less than two months after leaving England in search of the
Northwest Passage, John Cabot landed at either the island of Newfoundland or
Cape Breton Island. The explorer claimed the land for King Henry Vll of England.
Cabot never did find the passage, and he perished after his ship was lost in
either 1498 or 1499."


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