Of the Americas, perhaps the residents thereof ought to thank the Island of Newfoundland which led to further exploration of the continent and eventual settlement into the North America continent. Newfoundland is a large Canadian island located off the east coast of the North American mainland. It also happens to be the most populous region of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Below is a little history about the island.

A brief history of Newfoundland

Of the Americas, perhaps the residents thereof ought to thank the Island of Newfoundland which led to further exploration of the continent and eventual settlement into the North America continent. Newfoundland is a large Canadian island located off the east coast of the North American mainland. It also happens to be the most populous region of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Below is a little history about the island.

1. For a period that exceeds 4,000 years, the Newfoundland Island was occupied by Paleo Eskimos.

2. 11th century - The first European on this island was the Icelandic Viking Leif Eriksson.

3. Next on the Island were expeditions of Portuguese, Spanish, French and English migratory fishermen - all of whom did not find the interest of settling on the island.

4. 1497 - The first serious attention by a government official was the 1497 expedition by Italian, John Cabot under the orders of King Henry VII of England on his expedition from Bristol.

5. 1501 - Another notable ancient event in Newfoundland is the 1501 expedition by Portuguese explorers Gaspar Corte-Real and his brother Miguel Corte-Real who charted the waters on the coast of Newfoundland in a failed attempt to find the northern pass.

6. August 5, 1583 - Sir Humphrey Gilbert claimed the island for the English crown under Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I of England.

7. July 5, 1610 - John Guy and 40 other colonizers from Bristol set sail, in yet another attempt to make money for the settlers. The mission failed but some settlers remained.

8. WWI - During this time, the island had 250,000 people out of whom young men went to war. As fate would have it, about a quarter of the young male population was lost during the war, a factor that would influence the demographics of the island for years to come.

9. March 31, 1949 - Newfoundland joined Canada and became a province of Canada.

10. Today - Newfoundland is an active tourist destination and one of the best places to watch the whales in the world.

If you are planning a cruise to the north, then you better head to Newfoundland. It is exciting, icy, huge with a diversity of flora and fauna you would never imagine in the northern hemisphere.

I want to go to Newfoundland and Labrador

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