oldest colony of the British Empire, situate about 1,650 miles from
Ireland, and about 930 miles from New York, appears to be less known to
the British and American people than Australia, New Zealand, or the
remotest parts of the globe. The design of the author, in the
publication of this work, is to show the British and American reader
that Newfoundland is something more than a mere fishing station, as well
as to make Newfoundlanders themselves better acquainted with their own
country. The best sources of information have been consulted, and made
use of without limitation. The grand object of all sound history should
be to place the simple truth before the reader. “I have made this book
out of myself, out of my life. I have derived it from observation, from
my relations of friendship, and of neighbourhood; have picked it up from
the roads; above all, I have found it in the recollections of my youth.
To know the history and life of the people of Newfoundland, I had but to
interrogate my memory."
Toronto, December, 1877.
First Settlement and General History, from 1497 to the Appointment op
the first Civil Governor in 1728.
General History, from the Appointment of the first Civil Governor in
1728 to 1877.
District of St. John’s.
District of Conception Bay.
District of Trinity Bay.
District of Bonavista Bay.
District of Fogo and Twillingate.
District of Ferryland.
District of Placentia and St. Mary’s.
District of Burin.
History of Fortune Bay, St. Peter’s, etc.
St. George’s Bay, Bay of Islands, etc.
Government, Revenue, Trade and Shipping.
Population, Religion and Education.
Agricultural Resources and Manufactures.
Natural History—Climate —Meteorology—Geology—Mineralogy—Zoology—Botany.
The Red Indian, or Bæeothicks.