The Many Landfalls of John Cabot

The Many Landfalls of John Cabot

eBook - 1997
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"On 24 June 1497 John Cabot landed somewhere on the eastern seaboard of what is now Canada, yet even today, five hundred years later, no one knows precisely where. Once an issue in diplomatic negotiations over title to a continent, Cabot's landfall has also been the subject, especially in centennial years, of competing attempts to appropriate the meaning of the event." "Beginning with the historical context of Cabot's journey, Pope traces the various landfall theories which have placed his landing in locations from the Strait of Belle Isle to Cape Breton. The very uncertainty of our knowledge, he argues, has allowed nationalists in both Newfoundland and Canada to shape the debate about Cabot's itinerary and to stake claims to the landfall that amount to the invention of differing national traditions. As well, Pope concludes, the invented tradition of 'discovery' has allowed Europeans and their descendants to overlook the fact that their possession of North America is based on appropriation from Aboriginal peoples."--Jacket.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, 1997
ISBN: 9781442681699
1442681691
9780802071507
9780802007865
0802071503
0802007864
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 244 pages) : illustrations, maps

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