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What is Canaan?
        (low, humbled), the fourth son of Ham, Gen 10:6; 1 Chr 1:8, and the progenitor of those peoples who inhabited the country on the west of the Jordan. Noah, his grandfather, cursed him on awaking from his drunken sleep because of the conduct of Ham, his father. Gen 9:20-25. The difficulty is easiest solved if we trust a Jewish tradition that Canaan was the one who first saw his grandfather's shame, and that, instead of decorously concealing it, he told his father. His descendants bore the curse. The Israelites carried on a war of extermination against them, and they became, in great measure, servants or slaves.

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Schaff, Philip, Dr. "Biblical Definition for 'canaan' in Schaffs Bible Dictionary". - Schaff's

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