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The Lost Power Point Slides — Canada Day Edition

Leifur Eiriksson suggests exploration of Vinland
(slide 7)

  • L’Anse aux Meadows would make excellent base camp
  • Don’t worry about Skrælings
  • Don’t sweat weather either.

Giovanni Caboto job interview with King Henry VII (slide 1)

  • Born in Genoa, from Venice
  • Yes, I can sail
  • Yes, I have pulse
  • Yes, it’s okay to call me John Cabot
  • Yes, I will find Northwest Passage to Asia.

Samuel de Champlain recruits colonists for 1608 expedition (slide 10)

Food for expedition:

  • I won’t lie to you, it won’t all be pastries & fois gras
  • Lack of green veggies shouldn’t be a problem, though.

Montcalm, after defeat on the Plains of Abraham, 1759 (slide 3)

  • Well at least we got Wolfe
  • This wound in MY chest?
  • It is nothing.

Acting US Secretary of State Richard Rush on Negotiating Treaty, 1817 (slide 3)

  • Yeah, the guy’s name was Bagot
  • Only the English — Bag-ot, heh.
  • Good treaty though, disarms Great Lakes.

George Brown reports on first Charlottetown Conference, 1864 (slide 1)

  • We stayed on steamship SS Victoria
  • No other accommodations available because circus in town
  • Yes, actual carnival performers in addition to Maritime delegates.

Lawyers try to get Louis Riel off for “reasons of insanity” at his trial for treason, 1884 (slide 6)

  • Mr. Riel talks with God
  • Calls himself “David”, prophet of New World
  • Keeps saying: “Life, without the dignity of an intelligent being, is not worth having”
  • Yes, crazy.

Major Albert Bowman Rogers, on not cashing cheque, 1881 (final slide)

  • Wanted to find railroad pass through Selkirk Mountains
  • Did it, and named after me.
  • Big deal for me. Cool. All about me. Me!
  • Holding out for special watch from Mr. Van Horne too.