Newfoundland – Canada as we know it is SUPER young

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Was just reading up on Newfoundland just out of curiousity. What a varied history of peoples, explorers, land claims etc.

check it out here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newfoundland_and_Labrador

Newfoundland officially became a province of Canada in 1949. What a crazy place, I can’t even imagine being alive at a time when it wasn’t part of Canada, its just always been that way.

Its really a shame that they don’t teach more Canadian geography and history in school. er… maybe they do and I just forgot it all? Or wasn’t listening?

Wikipedia is great ūüėÄ

Newfoundland and Labrador (pronounced¬†/njuňźf…ôndňąl√¶nd …ônd l√¶br…ôňąd…Ēr/;¬†French:¬†Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador,¬†Irish:¬†Talamh an √Čisc agus Labradar,¬†Latin:¬†Terra Nova) is a¬†province of¬†Canada on the country’s¬†Atlantic coast in northeastern¬†North America. This¬†easternmost Canadian provincecomprises two main parts: the island of¬†Newfoundland off the country’s eastern coast, and¬†Labrador on the mainland to the northwest of the island.

A former¬†colony and¬†dominion of the¬†United Kingdom, it became the tenth province to enter theCanadian Confederation on 31 March 1949, named simply as¬†Newfoundland. Since 1964, the province’s government has referred to itself as the¬†Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and on 6 December 2001, an¬†amendment was made to the¬†Constitution of Canada to¬†change the province’s official name to¬†Newfoundland and Labrador.[4] In day-to-day conversation, however, Canadians generally still refer to the province itself as Newfoundland and to the region on the Canadian mainland as¬†Labrador.

As of July 2010, the province’s population is estimated to be 509,739.[5] Approximately 94% of the province’s population resides on the Island of Newfoundland (including its associated smaller islands), of which roughly half live on the southern¬†Avalon Peninsula. The Island of Newfoundland has its own dialects of the¬†English,¬†French, and¬†Irish languages. The English dialect in Labrador shares much with that of Newfoundland. Labrador also has its own dialects of¬†Innu-aimun and¬†Inuktitut.

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