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The word "Canada” is reputed to come from the Iroquois-Huron word kanata, meaning "village” or "settlement.” It is thus fitting to begin the story of the Canadian dollar with "money” used by Canada’s First Nations.2 The Aboriginal peoples of eastern North America placed a high value on strings and belts fashioned from beads of white or purple shells found on the eastern seaboard. Early English settlers called such articles "wampum,” an abbreviation of an Algonquin word sometimes spelled wampumpeague. French settlers called shell beads porcelaine.
1600-1850 | Views: 980 | Added by: gogoshvab | Date: 2010-02-17