Friday, January 22, 2010

What China heard of Canada, 1602

In Kanata, “inhabitants are kindly and hospitable to strangers,” but “the people living in the mountains kill one another all year round and spend their time in fighting and robbery.”

“They feed exclusively on snakes, ants, spiders, and other creeping things,” he continues.
Commentary on Canada on the remarkable Sino-centric world map created in Beijing for the Chinese Emperor by the Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci, and currently on display at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
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