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John Cabot makes his Landfall

Exploration of Canada, Discoverers


John Cabot makes his Landfall



Date of Issue

August 29, 1986




Postal Administration



Exploration of Canada, Discoverers

Series Time Span


Perforation or Dimension

12.5 x 13


Ashton-Potter Limited.


Designed by Frederick Hagan.

About Stamp

These four stamps, the first in a series, honour discoverers of Canada who stand in the forefront of those who have risked everything to discover the unknown. In 1497 and 1498, John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto), a Genoese navigator in the service of England, searched for Asia in the northwest Atlantic. Although he failed to find Asia, he did help prove the existence of a previously unknown continent. Artist Frederick Hagan of Newmarket, Ontario, painted the four images. Through landscape, maps and other cultural objects, these stamps present a variety of moods, characters and experiences rather than a literal approach to the subjects. J.F. Britton of Oakville worked with the artist on developing the typography for the stamp designs.
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Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1986.

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