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How did “Labrador” originate?

June 9, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

According to Scandinavian sagas, Bjorn and Eric the Red discovered Labrador about the year 1000 A.D. They called it Helluland, meaning land of slate or naked rocks. The region was rediscovered in 1498 by John Cabot, who supposed it to be the eastern extremity of Asia. There are three theories as to how the region received its present …

What is the southernmost point in the United States proper?

April 25, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

The most southern point of land in the continental United States is in the vicinity of East Cape, Florida, at approximate latitude 25 degrees, 04 minutes. However, Key West, at approximate latitude 24 degrees 32 minutes, is connected with the mainland by bridges and viaducts. The Key West Citizen carries on its masthead the claim …

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How is “Staten” in “Staten Island” pronounced?

January 31, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

Staten, the name of an island in New York Bay, is often incorrectly pronounced with the a long as in state. It is correctly pronounced statt-en. The a is short as in static. This pronunciation is a holdover from the old Dutch name of the island. When Europeans first explored New York Bay, Staten Island …

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