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Newfoundland
As it was and as it is in 1877 by The Rev. Philip Tocque (1878)


PREFACE

NEWFOUNDLAND, the 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."

P. TOCQUE.
Toronto, December, 1877.

CONTENTS

Chapter I.
First Settlement and General History, from 1497 to the Appointment op the first Civil Governor in 1728.
Chapter II.
General History, from the Appointment of the first Civil Governor in 1728 to 1877.
Chapter III.
District of St. John’s.
Chapter IV.
District of Conception Bay.
Chapter V.
District of Trinity Bay.
Chapter VI.
District of Bonavista Bay.
Chapter VII.
District of Fogo and Twillingate.
Chapter VIII.
District of Ferryland.
Chapter IX.
District of Placentia and St. Mary’s.
Chapter X.
District of Burin.
Chapter XI.
History of Fortune Bay, St. Peter’s, etc.
Chapter XII.
St. George’s Bay, Bay of Islands, etc.
Chapter XIII.
Labrador.
Chapter XIV.
The Fisheries.
Chapter XV.
Government, Revenue, Trade and Shipping.
Chapter XVI.
Population, Religion and Education.
Chapter XVII.
Agricultural Resources and Manufactures.
Chapter XVIII.
Natural History—Climate —Meteorology—Geology—Mineralogy—Zoology—Botany.
Chapter XIX.
The Red Indian, or Bæeothicks.


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