Map Detail: Canada circa 1794
Canada became a sovereign nation that was part of the British Commonwealth in 1867. Prior to that, it was an English colony. Prior to that, it was a French colony. Prior to that, it was the “new world”, inhabited by various peoples mistakenly called “Indians” by confused explorers who believed themselves in the country called “India”.
These earlier inhabitants, now referred to as “Native Canadians” are believed to have walked here a very long time ago, migrating across a (now submerged) land bridge connecting what we now call Russia to what we now call Alaska.
If you look closely at this map detail, taken from Dunn’s “A General Map of the World”, you’ll see a great many native Canadian names marked on the known geographic features displayed here. Kind of makes one think it might be about time we made some reasonable reparations.