Newfoundland is Canada's youngest province; it joined Confederation March 31, 1941. Some parts of this island's coast would have been the first land seen by Europeans crossing the Atlantic. Viking explorers from Iceland and Greenland settled here in the 10th century. King Henry the VII awarded John Cabot 10 pounds for discovering the "new isle" in 1497. It is the seventh largest Canadian province, and is slightly larger than Japan.