April 20, 2017

Today in History: "Maniac" Jacques Cartier sets off for Asia, runs into Canada (1534)

John RobsonArchive

On April 20 let us celebrate Jacques Cartier, explorer, founder, maniac. 

At least in the sense that when he set off in 1534 for Asia, gold and spices and instead found an unsuspected continent full of pines and rivers and named part of it Canada, he had no idea where he was going and no reasonable prospect of success or even survival.

But he went anyway.

And without such arguably reckless daring nothing worthwhile would ever get done including the creation of our great country...

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commented 2017-04-22 20:48:36 -0400
And the increasingly popular notion of “guaranteed income” without having to work for it is certainly not about to spurn ppl into being rusk takers either!!
commented 2017-04-20 18:32:03 -0400
The very quality that is so notably lacking in our hyper risk averse society.
commented 2017-04-20 18:00:01 -0400
It wasn’t that he was a maniac, instead it was 4/20.
commented 2017-04-20 16:55:03 -0400
Sadly John they no longer teach Canadian history in school any more. They say Canadian history is boring. In today’s issue you pointed out how exciting it is. Point your sailing ship west and think your heading for Asia10,000 miles away, what courage.
For those who want the hear a song about the North West passage ..Stan Roger’s NORTH WEST PASSAGE ON YOU TUBE
commented 2017-04-20 16:53:33 -0400
Peter Netterville, I like your post! Well said.
commented 2017-04-20 16:07:33 -0400
Yes, back in those day, they had far more chutzpah that today. Can you imagine one of the daisies going through universities today doing what Jacques Cartier did in 1534?

They would be running around on the boat looking for their “safe space” where they could hug a pillow or two, eat cookies and watch cat videos.