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Chapter: Canada’s History

Topic: The First Europeans

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The Earliest Europeans to Canada

The first European exploration of Canada was around 1497. It was an expedition led by John Cabot. He was also the first to draw a detailed map of the East coast of the Canadian region. The Icelandic Vikings (the colonizers of Greenland around a thousand years ago) reached Newfoundland and Labrador. Canada still has the remains of this early settlement (called L’Anse Aux Meadows). It is a World Heritage Site now.