Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Can•a•da \ˈka-nə-də\ from the Saint-Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata meaning village, settlement or land.
At almost 10,000 sq. kms total area (about 3,850,000 sq. miles), Canada is the second largest country in the world - slightly larger than the USA, slightly larger than all of Europe. And with about 33 million people, one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Compare that to over 300 million in America, and an estimated 2.6 billion in Europe!
Today's the 142th anniversary of Confederation. With the British North America Act of 1867, Upper Canada, Lower Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick joined to form the Dominion of Canada. Together the former colonies gained political clarity and a larger economic base for trade. And America was less likely to attack a self-governing country than British colonies.
My socks are looking very patriotic - especially when their photo is cropped into Maple Leaf shapes! The second sock is really coming along. The heel flap was worked and the heel turned on the GO train yesterday. This morning I completed the gusset decreases. Happy Canada Day!