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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 Grand Bank?

February 13, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

The Grand Bank is a great shoal in the Atlantic Ocean lying about one hundred miles off the southeast coast of Newfoundland and famous throughout the world as a fishing ground. Bank in this connection means an undersea elevation that produces a shoal, shelf or shallow. The Grand Bank is also variously called Grand Banks, …

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Where is the city of St. John’s in British America?

January 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

Three cities with similar names in British North America are frequently confused in the United States. St. John’s is not in Canada. It is the capital and most populous city of Newfoundland, which is not part of Canada either geographically or politically. St. Johns, written without the sign of the possessive, is the name of …

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