Tuesday, November 8, 2011
History of Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador has a long and colourful history. In Fact, there isn't a rock, cliff, tree or cave around there with out a legend attached. Dating back 9,000 years ago, the Maritime Archaic Indians made Newfoundland their home. As there's evidence of the oldest discovered burial mound in North America.
Leif Ericksson and his crew of Vikings landed on the Northern Peninsula in 1000 AD. Although they didn't settle permanently they left their mark on this part of the world - L'Anse Aux Meadows. Around 1497, when Italian-born Giovanni Caboto-known as John Cabot dropped anchor in Bonavista and "Discovered" the New World.
During the 16th and 17th centuries fisherman from France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and eventually England arrived to feed on the fish of Newfoundland and Labrador. Most of the early settlers came from Southwest England and southeast Ireland, with the majority emigrating between 1750 and 1850 prior to the Great Irish Famine. (3)
It is during the above mentioned time period, that the first settler to Flynn's Hill arrived around 1817.
Before 1949, Newfoundland had a history as a British colony, Britain's "Grand Cod Fishery of the Universe", eventually becoming equal to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand as a full Dominion of the British Empire. Newfoundland and Labrador joined Canada on 31 March 1949. (4)
Map of Harbour Main, Canada,
Map of HarbourMain, Canada, North America - Collins Maps
History - Newfoundland and Labrador - 9000 AD - Present,