A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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  1. Why did Antonio da Silva leave his mother and home in Portugal?
  2. How did Antonio make his way to Canada?
  3. In the long-run, what was the disadvantage for Antonio in being a stowaway?
  4. What made Antonio feel at home in Newfoundland? What were the similarities to Portuguese culture?
  5. Why did Antonio develop a close bond with the fishermen of the Portuguese White Fleet?
  6. What made the job of the fisherman so difficult?
  7. What did Antonio do for the fishermen during their stays in Newfoundland? How did he provide a ‘safe-harbour’ for them?
  8. Why was Antonio famous for being the life of his kitchen parties?
  9. What sort of things bring back memories for Marie and Phyllis about their father and their childhood?
  10. How do Antonio’s daughters Marie and Phyllis feel about their family heritage? How have they made a connection with it and expressed it over the years?