A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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It is believed that Portuguese explorers were among the first Europeans to set eyes on the land that eventually became Canada.

True. Portuguese explorers are believed to be among the first Europeans to first sight the land that would become Canada. Joao Vas Corte-Real briefly landed on Canada's east coast in 1470. Joao Fernandes and Pedro de Barcelos came in 1493. Miguel Corte-Real was lost in Newfoundland waters in 1501. His brother, Gaspar Corte-Real, went looking for him and never returned. A third brother was not allowed to follow. This early Portuguese presence lives on in several place names including Labrador, originating from the Portuguese "lavrador" meaning "small landowner or farmer."

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