The Origin of “Canada”
Noah Forman’s Fun Canadian Fact of The Day for 4/18/14: The origin of the name “Canada” can be attributed to French explorer Jacques Cartier. During an expedition in 1535, Cartier came across a local Iroquois man who informed him that he had reached a village named “Kanata”. Cartier, not quite understanding what the local man was saying, assumed the entire land went by this name.
The decision to leave France in search of a new land was an easy one for Cartier. In 1532 (three years earlier), Cartier was voted “Most Polite” by the other explorers in his social club “Peers at the Piers”. Angered by this label (Cartier was always weary of labels), he set out in search of a new land where nobody would make fun of him for his friendly and non-confrontational ways. During his interaction with the infamous Iroquois man, Cartier made a crucial decision not to “stir the pot” or “ruffle any feathers”. To be clear, Cartier wanted to understand more about the land he had stumbled upon — it just seemed that the Iroquois man was busy and Cartier didn’t want to be nuisance.
Cartier would go on to have further interactions with the unnamed Iroquois man and learn much from him. Although, after their second meeting, Cartier was too embarrassed to admit he never caught the man’s name. Instead, he would refer to him as “guy”, “friend”, or “my man”. A polite man himself, the Iroquois man didn’t have the heart to correct Cartier on his terrible pronunciation of the word “Kanata” — a decision that would last centuries in the land now know as “Canada”.
There was also a Cartier who was famous for making watches, but Canada doesn’t use watches because tardiness isn’t a think there.
Cartier is depicted here being indecisive at a buffet.
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