I found this beauty during my search for antique rugs and have questions to you French Canadians, particularly those who can read the language.
It was described by the listing auction site as "French Canadian hooked rug with Native Americans meeting the Mayflower".
Unfortunately I don't have the ability to read the words on the rug and think it holds a clue as to its truth.
When I think of the Mayflower, I think of it landing in Massachusetts, USA. Yet in 1600's under King James of Scotland there were 26 ships named "The Mayflower".
Herein is the reason for my inquiry.... I watch the History channel and one of the shows so interesting is the mystery surrounding Oak Island, a/k/a The Curse of Oak Island. There were early visitors to the island before any human habitation by England, Spanish and Scottish ships.
The indigenous peoples would have been the Mi'Kmaq who would have greeted the ships and record has it they were friendly. It would have also been a time when the Crusading Knights Templar would have visited that area.
Guess you can see I'm quite interested in the history of the area surrounding Oak Island, Nova Scotia. Anyone who can transcribe those letters for me would be appreciated. I know the oval rug wasn't hooked back then but still it is interesting.
UPDATE: Thank you Just Gail and Claire for your information, btw, both of you are NO-REPLY bloggers so I couldn't reply to your emails personally.
I did a google search for the Jacques Cartier info provided by Claire and these are the interesting facts I found.