The largest country in North America, comprising 10 provinces and two territories. Its capital is Ottawa. It was discovered by norsemen as early as 1000 A.D. and was the object of Anglo-French rivalry in the 17th century, but by 1867 became one dominion. Canada is from an indigenous huron or iroquois word, kanata, meaning camp or village. The french explorers assumed this was the name of the entire country.

(12 Dec 1998)