Friday, August 28, 2009

Fee for discovering Canada: 40 shillings

Barry Artiste Op/Ed


And people complain about the high cost of living now, certainly a princely sum of 40 shillings (about cents) for discovering Canada seems a ludicrous sum for one man to take a historical journey to New Founde Land.  One wonders what his wife said upon his return to Britian when after months at sea he hands over his paycheque to his wife who must have said "WTF" You're an Idiot!



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Fee for discovering Canada: 40 shillings
Forgotten Mariner Randy Boswell, Canwest News Service Published: Thursday, August 27, 2009


After unveiling the identity of an English mariner who led a forgotten expedition to North America in 1499 -- just two years after John Cabot's history-making voyage to Newfoundland in 1497 -- British researchers have found fresh evidence showing what William Weston was paid for his role in the discovery of Canada: 40 shillings.



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