Jacque Cartier claims Iroquois land for France and calls it “Canada”

“On today’s date (September 14th)  in 1535, Jacques Cartier reached the Iroquois village of Kanata at “Kebec” on his second voyage up the St. Lawrence River. There, Cartier met Donnacona, chief of the village of Stadacona (present-day Quebec City)…

In 1535, Cartier built a fort at the site, where he stayed for about a year, claiming the area for France and calling it “Canada”, which was an alteration of the Iroquois word “kanata,” meaning village or settlement.”

Thank you Canada Coin news report on the Royal Canadian Mint’s 2013 $200 gold coin.


In 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint struck a $200 gold coin as the second of six issues in its Great Explorers series. With a limited mintage of 2,000 – 1,000 coins less than the first gold coin in the Great Explorers series. Designed by artist Laurie McGaw, the coin’s reverse features a full-length portrait of the famous explorer standing atop a riverbank and surveying the land. Cartier is flanked by French soldiers and an aboriginal guide, with surrounding inscriptions reading “CANADA”, the year-date “2013” and face value of “200 DOLLARS”.


  • No.121637
  • Mintage 2000
  • Composition 99.99% pure gold
  • Finish proof
  • Weight (g)15.43
  • Diameter (mm) 29
  • Edges errated
  • Certificate serialized
  • Face value 200 dollars
  • Artist Laurie McGaw (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)



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