History of Western Newfoundland retold in new Book

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The 18th century provides the focus for “War and Trade in Eighteenth-Century Newfoundland,” a new collection of 12 articles by Olaf U. Janzen, professor of history at Grenfell Campus.

Janzen’s publication is a part of an extensive series titled “Research in Maritime History” which is being published through the International Maritime Economic History Association. His book plays considerable focus to events in Western Newfoundland including French settlement on the southwest coast in the early 1700s and another on the Governor Hugh Palliser’s visit to the Bay of Islands in 1764.

The articles examine many themes: the importance of cartography and map-making in determining control over distant parts of the island of Newfoundland, the effects of peace and of war on settlement in Western Newfoundland, piracy in peacetime as well as privateering in time of war, the efforts of the state to limit aboriginal settlement on the south coast, the challenges of protecting the fisheries in wartime, and an attempt by a partnership of Scottish merchants to break into the saltfish trade in the 1720s.

Organizations: International Maritime Economic History Association

Geographic location: Western Newfoundland, Bay of Islands, Island of Newfoundland

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