- Question 1
- It is believed that
Portuguese explorers were among the first Europeans to set eyes on the
land that eventually became Canada.
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."