13. How do you say “settlement” in the Huron-Iroquois tongue?
Answer to Canada Quiz #13
Kanata. It is the origin of Canada’s name.
Tradition has it that while on his second visit to the New World in 1535, Jacques Cartier encountered two Iroquois youths in the vicinity of Stadacona, present-day Quebec City. Cartier asked where they were from and pointing toward their village, they replied “kanata.” Cartier heard this as “Canada,” and took it to mean the area proper. He began using the word to refer to the region north of the St. Lawrence River is his journal and on maps, and the designation has evolved to encompass the country we know today as Canada.
- Kanata, Wikipedia
- Origin of the name Canada, Canadian Heritage
- Domagaya and Taignoagny – Iroquois Heroes and Victims, Legends in Their Time; Sherwood, George (2006). Toronto: Dundurn.