Making the World an Odder Place

The Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, owned by France but near Newfoundland off Canada's east coast, were named by the sixteenth century Portuguese explorer Joao Alvares Fagundes the 'Archipelago of the Eleven Thousand Virgins.' Source: 'A Dune Adrift : The Strange Origins and Curious History of Sable Island' by Marq De Villiers and Sheila Hirtle, McClelland & Stewart, 2004 ISBN 0771026420. Next Oddity HOME Previous Oddity Do It Yourself Web Hosting