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BOOK - A History of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic to 1818
By Shannon Ryan
Published by Flanker Press Ltd, St. John's, 2012

Softcover... 19.95 (C$)

The waters off Newfoundland, in the North Atlantic, held the world’s most abundant supply of codfish, which, when discovered, was in great demand. Unlike the fur trade—the other major early commercial activity in what is now mainland Canada — the production of codfish did not require year-round residence. It did, however, require numerous men, young and old, for the fishing season, which ran from spring to early fall.

Contents include:
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Introduction - My Newfoundland
  • Chapter 1 - Origins of the fishery and settlement to 1660
  • Chapter 2 - Chaos: 1660-1713
  • Chapter 3 - Reprieive: 1713-1763
  • Chapter 4 - Consolidation: 1763-1793
  • Chapter 5 - Colony confirmed: 1793-1818
  • Appendix - Tables
    1. A list of inhabitants and their concerns from Trepassey to Cape Bonavista in 1677
    2. Census of population and of Newfoundland from Pere Baudoin's journal, 1697
    3. An abstract of the Planters and Boatkeepers and the voyages that they have made thie Yeare in Newfoundland 1698
    4. The effect of the war onthe fishery, 1705
    5. Statistics of the Newfoundland fishery: 1770 to 1713
    6. Codfish produced in Newfoundland water c1770
    7. Exports saltfish (Quintals) in 1770
    8. Value of seal oil: 1796-1820
    9. Prices of provisions and other commodities in 1804
    10. Wages paid to fishermen and sharemen in 1804
    11. Passengers on British fishing ships: 1796-1820
    12. Codfish caught (Quintals):1796-1820
    13. Prices in 1820
  • Conclusion
  • Abbreviations and glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Maps
  • Avalon Peninsula
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
This successful English-Newfoundland migratory fishery evolved into an exclusively shore-based, but still migratory, fishery that led to the formation of a formal colony by 1818. Shannon Ryan offers this general history as an introduction to early Newfoundland. The economy and social, military, and political issues are dealt with in a straightforward narrative that will appeal to general readers as well as students of Newfoundland and Labrador history.

256 Pages
5.5 x 8.5
Softcover - perfect bound
Photos - B&W
Published by Flanker Press Ltd, St. John's, 2012
ISBN-10: 1-77117-016-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-77117-016-1

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