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Who discovered Canada in 1534?

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Every person walking across the Bering Land Bridge and down the coast discovered what is today Canada, as did the many Inuit and those traveling along the northern coast.

Lief the Lucky landed in what is today Baffin Island and created a permanent settlement in Newfoundland, well permanent for a decade or so.

Using information from Icelandic Saga's and that of Christopher Columbus, John Cabot showed up on our Eastern Shores 500 years later, the first of many more to discover us and land on our east coast.

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Canada was first discovered in prehistoric times by the ancestors of the First Nations.

Current theory is that humans crossed over from Asia to North America on foot, via what has been called a "land bridge." This "land bridge" occurred during the last Ice Age, when sea levels dropped several hundred feet, thereby exposing the sea bed of the Bering Strait, between Alaska and Russia.

While it is quite possible that prehistoric people also crossed the Bering Strait in some form of boat, there is no hard evidence available to support that theory.

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While Jacques Cartier explored the Gulf of St Lawrence in 1534, it can hardly be said that he "discovered" Canada. The earliest recorded European "discovery" of Canada was by John Cabot in 1497.

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