• The Scots in Canada

    Did you know that Scottish Canadians are the third-largest ethnic group in Canada and amongst the first Europeans to settle in the country. There are many towns, rivers and mountains that have been named in honour of Scottish explorers and traders such as Mackenzie Bay and Calgary. Indeed, even the province of Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland.

    One surprise, to me at least, was that the first documented Scots in Canada comes from the Saga of Eric the Red.  He led a Viking expedition to Vinland (literally, the land of meadows) and with him was the Viking prince Thorfinn Karlsefni who took two Scottish slaves to Vinland. the Scots had arrived!


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