ALTO WORLD - CANADA Before the arrival of European settlers in what is now known as Canada, it populated by indigenous tribes, each with their own culture. The first arrived at least 15,000 years ago via a land bridge west of modern-day Alaska. From the 16th century, French and British expeditions explored, gradually colonized, and fought over various places in what constitutes present-day Canada. French is still the predominant language of the Province of Quebec, and the region continues to seek full independence from Britain. From 1982, Canada has been ruled independently from Britain, although there is still an image of Queen Elizabeth on coins! Modern-day tribal members are known as 'First Nation', and many continue their cultural traditions and crafts.
Traditional music, dance and costume from members of the First Nation:
The earliest Canadian city is Quebec, founded in 1608 (contemporary with Monteverdi in Italy).
18th c. painting of the city
Vancouver, founded in the1860s, British Columbia
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known as the Mounties, wearing familiar scarlet jackets.
The next post takes us west across the Pacific Ocean to the island of Saipan.