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Lawrence 10 days later, he was in waters previously uncharted by Europeans. He surveyed the southern coast of Labrador, referring to it as “the land God gave Cain” (Biggar 1924, xxi), after the biblical wasteland. Following the west coast of Newfoundland, he then veered southwestward to explore the coasts of Prince Edward Island, eastern New Brunswick, and the Gaspé Peninsula. On July 3, his hopes of finding a passage to Asia were aroused by the sight of a large opening in the shoreline, which turned out to be Chaleur Bay, dividing New Brunswick from the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec.

According to 18 ACCIDENTAL REDISCOVERY ancient Norse sagas, trader Bjarni Herjolfsson was blown off course on his way from Iceland to Greenland in 986 when he became the first known European to sight the mainland of North America. Having likely reached the coast of Labrador, he decided against landing, purportedly concluding: “This land is unwinsome and ungainsome” (Stefoff 1992, 15). In other words, the first recorded opinion about North America was that it was neither pretty nor profitable. 19 A BRIEF HISTORY OF CANADA While Herjolfsson apparently had no desire to explore the lands he sighted, his reports about its dense forests generated some interest in Greenland, where wood was in short supply.

Convinced that he had located the passage to Asia, he returned to Baffin Island in 1586. In fog and poor weather, he strayed off course and ended up along the coast of Labrador. On a third attempt, in 1587, Davis sailed up the western coast of Greenland through Davis Strait and into Baffin Bay, reaching farther north than had any other previous navigator. He crossed westward to Baffin Island before proceeding south to explore Cumberland Sound, but never ascertained whether it was a closed inlet or an open sea.

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