Where did Canada get its name?

The name “Canada” probably comes from the Huron-Iroquois word “kanata”, meaning “village” or “settlement”. In 1535, two Aboriginal youths told French explorer Jacques Cartier about the route to kanata; they were actually referring to the village of Stadacona, the site of the present-day City of Québec. For lack of another name, Cartier used the word “Canada” to describe not only the village, but the entire area controlled by its chief, Donnacona.

[Source: Government of Canada Natural Resources]

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Source: Expedia.ca


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