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By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2014
Sir David Kirke Marker
Newfoundland and Labrador (Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula)), Ferryland — Colony of AvalonLa colonie d’Avalon — Sir David Kirke, c. 1597-1654 —
Two plaques are mounted on this monument. English: Near this site stood the “Mansion House” built between 1621 and 1625 by Captain E. Wynne, resident governor of the Colony of Avalon, for the proprietor, Sir . . . — Map (db m79466) HM
Newfoundland and Labrador (Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula)), Ferryland — FerrylandPopulation 717 (1996) — Settled 1621 • Inc. 1971 —
A “Fishing Capital” and Colony This was one of the first harbours in the New World to be frequented by European fishing ships. From the early 1500s The Pool was well known to the Portuguese, Spanish and French fleets. . . . — Map (db m79471) HM
Newfoundland and Labrador (Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula)), St. John's — William Carson1770-1843
English Born in Scotland, Carson came to Newfoundland as a physician in 1808, and became an ardent advocate of social and political reform. He was leader in the campaign for an elected legislature, established in 1832, and helped bring . . . — Map (db m79033) HM
Newfoundland and Labrador (Division No. 10 (Labrador)), Red Bay — (The Moores Family Home)
Tracey has been home to several generations of the Moores Family since the mid-1800s. This monument marks the location of Ellis & Lillian Moores’s family house. — Map (db m79543) HM
Newfoundland and Labrador (Division No. 10 (Labrador)), Red Bay — Basque Whalers in the Strait of Belle IsleLes baleiners Basques dans la détroit de Belle Isle
English: In the 16th century, the Labrador side of the Strait of Belle Isle emerged as the world's largest producer of whale oil. At its peak, whaling on this coast attracted nearly 2000 Basques annually from Spain and France, and Red Bay . . . — Map (db m79527) HM
Newfoundland and Labrador (Division No. 8 (Notre Dame Bay)), Twillingate — TwillingatePopulation 3,366 (1996)
Slade’s Room In the early 1700s a few English fishermen began to settle at Twillingate Harbour, as the French fishery began to concentrate on the area north of Cape S. John (referred to locally as Cape John). In about 1750 John Slade of . . . — Map (db m79478) HM
Newfoundland and Labrador (Division No. 9 (North Peninsula)), St Lunaire-Griquet — L’Anse aux Meadows
English: Discovered in 1960, this is the first authenticated Norse site found in North America and could be Leif Ericsson's short-lived Vinland camp. Some time about AD 1000 Norse seafarers established a base here from which they . . . — Map (db m79611) HM
Newfoundland and Labrador (Division No. 9 (North Peninsula)), St Lunaire-Griquet — The End of a Quest: L’aboutissement d’une quêteFishing for the Past: À la recherche du passé
English: Following clues in the ancient Icelandic sagas, and the writings of Viking scholars and enthusiasts, Norwegian writer and explorer Helge Ingstad arrived at L’Anse aux Meadows in 1960. When he asked whether there were any unusual . . . — Map (db m79650) HM
Newfoundland and Labrador (Division No. 9 (North Peninsula)), St. Anthony — St. AnthonyPopulation 2,996 (1996)
St. Anthony Haven By tradition St. Anthony harbour was named by French explorer Jacque Cartier in 1534. Indeed, it is probable that the long, deep and sheltered harbour was already well-known to fishermen of the French province of . . . — Map (db m79668) HM

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