Etymological origins of Canada
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While a variety of theories have been postulated for the etymological origins of Canada, the name is now accepted as comming from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word Kanata, meaning “village” or “settlement”. In 1535, indigenous inhabitants of the present-day Quebec City region used the word to direct French explorer Jacques Cartier to the village of Stadacona. Cartier later used the word Canada to refert not only to that particular village, but the entire area subject to Donnacona (the chief at Stadacona). By 1545, European books and maps had begun referring to this small region along the St. Lawrence Rives as Canada.
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