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Newfoundland
General information
Continent

North America

Location

Atlantic Ocean

Societal
Population

English colonists

Affiliation

Great Britain
British Royal Navy

Behind the scenes
First appearance

Silver (Mentioned only)

Latest appearance

Silver (Mentioned only)

"I hoarded my money for months to save for a time when I could take you and and leave the Bride and your father forever. Take you someplace nice. Hispaniola, maybe. Or Boston. Or Newfoundland."
Laura Smith to Arabella Smith[src]

Newfoundland was a British province on the north Atlantic coast of North America.

History

John Cabot became the first European to officially discover Newfoundland, landing at Bonavista on June 24, 1497. Though not officially colonized by Great Britain, a small, seasonal fishing settlement resided there for a few decades in the early 16th century, although it was later abandoned due to the long and difficult winters. On August 5, 1583, Sir Humphrey Gilbert formally claimed Newfoundland as England's first overseas colony under Royal Prerogative of Queen Elizabeth I.

From 1610 to 1728, Proprietary Governors were appointed to establish colonial settlements on the island. John Guy was governor of the first settlement at Cuper's Cove. Other settlements were Bristol's Hope, Renews, New Cambriol, South Falkland and Avalon which became a province in 1623. The first governor given jurisdiction over all of Newfoundland was Sir David Kirke in 1638. The island of Newfoundland was nearly conquered by New France explorer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville in the 1690s.

Pirate captain Bartholomew Roberts has raided the coast of Newfoundland in 1721, capturing dozens of ships and port of Trepassey.

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