A very happy Canada Day to all of the Canadians reading this! While we celebrate with maple syrup eating, red and white face-painting and hockey playing, do we really know where the word “Canada” comes from?
The answer is interesting and actually comes from an interaction between an explorer and native in the area that is modern day Quebec back in the 16th Century. One explorer asked the locals back in the 1500’s what the area he was standing in was called and the native replied “Kanata” using the aboriginal word for “village.” As such, “Canada” was used to refer to the lands modern day Quebec City.
The area that was described as “Canada” grew and grew until it became the name for the 2nd largest country in the world.
There is, however, another theory about where the name “Canada” originally came from.
A few people suspect that the word “Canada” actually came from early Portuguese explorers who did not find any gold and silver and labelled modern Canada as “cá nada,” (“nothing here”) on that part of their maps.
You can use these fun facts to impress your friends and if you have any interesting facts about Canada leave them in the comment section below!2 Comments