Near Blanc-Sablon in Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent MRC, Quebec — Central Canada (French-Canadian)
Blanc-Sablon National Historic Site
Lieu historique national de Blanc-Sablon
— Naishipiunt utenau shashish aitashtakanit —
The Blanc-Sablon National Historic Site of Canada, also recognised as Cultural Property in Québec, holds a signifiant place in the history of the Quebec- Labrador coast. Artefacts found at this site represent 9,000 years of Aboriginal history up until the first contact with Europeans in the early 16th century. The high concentration of archaeological sites attests to the fact that the Blanc-Sablon region, and especially the mouth of the Blanc-Sablon River, was an important meeting place for Aboriginal peoples.
Blanc-Sablon was a strategic location for many reasons. It has a well protected natural harbour and was a prime location for hunting marine animals, especially seals, walrus, whales and sea birds. It was also an excellent place to fish for cod and salmon. Only 15 km across from Newfoundland, Blanc-Sablon served as a gateway to the Strait of Belle Isle.
Le lieu historique national du Canada de Blanc-Sablon, aussi reconnu comme bien culturel au Québec, occupe une place importante dans l’historie de la côte du Québec-Labrador. Les artéfacts de ce site représentent 9 000 ans d’histoire:
Blanc-Sablon était un lieu stratégique pour plusieurs raisons. C’était up port naturel bien protégé et un emplacement privilégié pour la chasse des animaux marins, surtout le phoques, les morses et les oiseaux de mer. C’était également une excellente zone de pêche à la morue et au saumon. Situé à seulement 15 km de Terre-Neuve. Blanc-Sablon était le principal point d’entree pour la région du détroit de Belle Isle.
Innu-aimun or Montagnais:
The right side of the marker has the Blanc-Sablon text in Innu-aimun. If you are interested, click on the marker image to enlarge it and read the text.
Erected by Fondation Québec-Labrador Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 51° 25.712′ N, 57° 8.775′ W. Marker is near Blanc-Sablon, Quebec, in Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent MRC. Marker is on Boulevard Docteur-Camille-Marcoux, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1554, Blanc-Sablon, Quebec G0G 1C0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Blanc-Sablon (a few steps from this marker).
More about this marker. This marker is on the southwest side of the bridge over the Blanc-Sablon river.
Also see . . . Blanc-Sablon National Historic Site of Canada. Blanc-Sablon was designated a national historic site of Canada in 2007 because: - with evidence of steady occupation for close to nine thousand years, Blanc Sablon is a trove of Aboriginal history along the coastline of the Quebec-Labrador peninsula; - more than 60 archaeological sites reflect the changes that occurred in Aboriginal societies in this region, in particular changes in habitation, settlement and subsistence; - the abundance and variety of wildlife remains are indicative of the importance of coastline resources - particularly seals - beginning with the Middle Post-Archaic Period, in the livelihood of the Aboriginal people who frequented the Blanc Sablon region. (Submitted on December 11, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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