Europe, as we often hear, is supposed to be the Old World. On this telling of the story, North America, with our much briefer history, represents the New World. Antonin Dvorák’s New World Symphony, composed during a visit to the U.S., memorialized the notion. (Ironically, Dvorák’s ode to life is now played at funerals. The first man to land on the moon, Neil Armstrong, took a recording with him, perhaps as his own requiem if things went wrong.)
I think we should reverse this line of thinking. North America, and in particular Canada, is actually the Old World.