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2009-11-23 14:20:17
I'm looking forward to ^photos.
2009-11-23 13:36:35
Yes..the Vikings arrived, apparently couldn't find anything to make beer out of, so departed forthwith...there's also some interesting speculation that there may have been an impulse from West Africa along the Gulf Coast of Mexico...will find some Olmec heads to post...take a look at their facial features....
2009-11-23 12:12:32
I forgot to add: Archeologists have unearthed a Viking settlement in one of the Canadian Maritime provinces that pre-dates Christoper Columbus, Spaniards etc. Also, new research indicates that the Chinese came to the North American coast before the Spaniards. And, our native people did not sprout from North American soil; they came through the Bering State when there was a land link there, and over the centuries they work their way down to South America. We can see the same face structures between the Inuits and Mongolians. But, we all came from African. You gotta love history, archeology and anthropology, eh.
2009-11-23 12:02:39
Thanks for the info patitio - I love history.
2009-11-23 11:31:28
Well, 'non-Spanish' is an appropriate qualifier..when Cortez founded Vera Cruz in 1519 and started the conquest of Mexico there were already well established permanent settlements in Cuba and Hispanola..and in the late 1590's when Onate went up into what's called the Rio Alto, the upper-Rio Grande country of New Mexcio, he brought settlers and their families, along with plows, tools, seeds, and livestock of every description...they'd come to stay, and they's just something you Froggies and we Micks, Jocks and Limeys have to face, and that's that the Spaniards beat us over here by more than a century...
2009-11-23 08:51:41
I went sleuting and found this at Wikipedia (they are not always), but here it is: Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. While many of the major cities in Mexico date from the sixteenth century, among cities in Canada, and the U.S.A. only St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador; Port Royal, Nova Scotia; St. Augustine, Florida; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Jamestown, Virginia and Tadoussac, Quebec were created earlier than Quebec City. However, Quebec City is the first to have been founded with the goal of receiving permanent settlement, and not as a commercial outpost, and therefore is considered to be the first European-built city in non-Spanish North America. Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain, a French explorer and diplomat on July 3, 1608, and at the site of a long abandoned St. Lawrence Iroquoian settlement called Stadacona. Champlain, also called "The Father of New France",served as its administrator for the rest of his life
2009-11-23 08:47:08
According to the website where I found this photo, Quebec City is the oldest PERMANENT settlement in North America.
2009-11-19 06:40:27
...Quebec the oldest permanent settlement in North America?....hmmm...better check those dates again, Ms C..
2009-11-19 06:14:57
Hey...who put the D back on?
2009-11-18 18:52:33
Oops I meant to type Deschambault.
2009-11-18 14:57:56
Thank you. Quebec is the founding province of Canada - the oldest permanent settlement in North America. There is a lot of old historical buildings in the province of Quebec, particularly the capital of Quebec City...very beautiful and historical. Americans, and surprisingly Europeans, love to visit there. They have a famous winter festival, but I have never gone to it.
2009-11-18 13:30:02
Absolutely beautiful :-)