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The many landfalls of John Cabot

Author: Peter Edward Pope
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 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  Read more...
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Named Person: John Cabot; John Cabot; Giovanni Caboto
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Edward Pope
ISBN: 0802007864 9780802007865 0802071503 9780802071507
OCLC Number: 36989848
Description: xii, 244 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. An Introduction --
2. Everything We Know about John Cabot. The Documents We Lack. Cabot. Bristol Explorations. The Voyage of 1497. The Landfall. After the Landfall --
3. Legends of Sebastian. The Cabot That Time Forgot. The Achievement of Sebastian Cabot. Sebastian Cabot Lied. The Resurrection of John --
4. The Many Landfalls. Newfoundland: Bonavista. Labrador. Cape Breton Island. Maine or Southern Nova Scotia. The Strait of Belle Isle --
5. Traditions of Invention, 1897: Columbus, Cartier, and Cabot. The Invention of Tradition. Columbus in America, 1892. Cabot in Canada, 1897. Cabot in Newfoundland, 1897. Cabot versus Cartier. The Contest of Traditions. Philatelic Commemoratives --
6. The History of Discovery.
Responsibility: Peter E. Pope.

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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."--BOOK JACKET.

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