Good Day! You Awesome Human.
As we explore our great country through Rivers to Oceans week, we celebrate the daring, the courage, the monumental feats of bravery. The country was explored and opened by brave hearts.
The exploration by Jacques Cartier in 1534 to 1542 was the first European exploration of the St. Lawrence River.
The oceans brought the European to the already well inhabited land. The country had been populated for thousands of years already, by migrants who crossed the northern land mass and settled in the continent.
The Europeans crossed the oceans in a daring adventure of exploration, to discover what lies beyond the horizon and to unite worlds separated by water, tides, waves, weather, distance and fortitude.
Only your dreams will push you on, only your nightmares will stop you!
The bold adventurers came, onward, onward, into the straits of the St. Lawrence and pushed their crafts farther into the heart of the nation. The contact was made, the discovery excels. A new people, a new world, new trade, new prosperity. The St. Lawrence River was the channel of discovery for these fortunate mariners. It brought them fame, fortune, trade and the exhilarating right of conquest. It secured their mission, proved their aptitude, yes, almighty human, the doors to the nation opened and the country let them in.
The mighty St. Lawrence River was the pathway to prosperity, negotiation, settlement and pride. Oh, you worthy stalwart, to set sail on that day, one day, for the quest of your lives, for the rest of your lives. To be the history, the making of a great nation. To be the almighty man.
That one awesome, inspired day, became the might and greatness of several great nations. Jacques Cartier for France visited a country named for a collection of huts. Kanata! And so it was born. Born from the passage of a great river, born from the passage of a great ocean. Born from brilliant aptitudes of navigation, sailing, shipbuilding, negotiation, leadership, compassion and daring.
The bold adventurer seeks the challenge and the brilliant aptitudes achieves it.
The consequential negotiation brought fantastic prosperity to France. The oceans yielded a seemingly unlimited harvest of fresh fish for the hungry. Food in abundance, led early settlers to a new land, a new life of promise. The negotiation was successful, colonization was possible. The impossible dream would be attempted.
For France the colony meant new lands, new life, new wealth. The daring challenge was met, the conquest told. Oh you fortuitous stalwarts, climb aboard. Climb aboard for the adventure of you life. There’s no looking back. And so they did. Pioneers who could settle an unknown nation, with unknown plants and soil. To cut a tract of land for farming, build houses, invent. To set the course of history. To be the indomitable human.
The first colony was on the banks of the mighty St. Lawrence River. It didn’t last, but the failure didn’t stop them. Another attempt would be made.
Rivers to Oceans. This week is for us. This is our cultural heritage. From rivers and oceans our nation was born.
Hail, almighty human.
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
June 12, 2013