Sunday, June 3, 2012

June is Portuguese History and Heritage Month

The Portuguese Canadian community is a vibrant community in Toronto and continues to make many significant contributions to our society and to enrich it with its history, language, culture and work ethic.
Portuguese History
 The Lusiads
The month of June is a great time of celebration for the Portuguese community. The celebrations honour the life of Luis de Camoes and his famous epic poems,  The Lusiads, which tell the history of Portugal and its discoveries of the 15th and 16th centuries where the stage was set for the great Portuguese navigators and explorers among which:

  • Bartolomeu Dias who explored Africa,
  • Vasco da Gama who discovered a sea route to India,
  • Gaspar Corte Real who explored Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Pedro Alvares Cabral who discovered Brazil and
  • Ferdinand Magellan who navigated the Earth.
 Canadian Portuguese Heritage 
  • For the past 500 years, people of Portuguese heritage have settled and made their homes here.
  • When mail service was first established in our country in 1693, it was a Portuguese man, Pedro da Silva, who transported and delivered mail by canoe between Montreal and Quebec City
  • Portuguese fishermen started fishing cod off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1504 and have continued to do so for 500 years.
  • On Vatican Fresco Map 1556, the northern part of Labrador is described as “Bacalhaos”, the Portuguese word for cod. Even today, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador have fond memories of the Portuguese White Fleet of the 1930s.

Ferdinand Magellan 
Ferdinand Magellan
Watch these clips to learn more about Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer whose expedition was the first to make a trip around the world in 1519 -1522.
He also gave its name to the Pacific ocean.

On Learn 360 (school library website/images and media/learn360/ username: elem password:elem)

Pacific ocean

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