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In the late 1970’s offshore oil was a popular product. Their drilling site was Hibernia. After the ban of cod fishing in 1992 the job market decreased a bunch. In hope of finding oil they started drilling. The harsh weather made it very risky to drill. Finally they struck a jackpot of oil. This was a pocket of oil that lasted for two years of drilling. Soon the oil started coming out less and less. The business became unsteady. Once the pocket was empty they could not drill any further in that area. It ended up providing a lot of jobs for a few years after the king cod industry went down.
oil started coming out less and less. The business became unsteady. Once the pocket was empty they could not drill any further in that area. It ended up providing a lot of jobs for a few years after the king cod industry went down.
1949 was avery important time for Labrador. France claimed Lbrador. Britain had claimed Newfoundlan an those two were right next to each other. That happened to make a huge debate on Britain wanting to have ownership of Newfoundland too. Then Quebec got into it by saying labrador should be apart of that province and it happend in 1774. Then Labrador finally got settled to be a part of Newfoundland in 1809.
At one point king cod and salmon fishing was very popular. This began in the thirteenth and fourteenth century. People from England, Spain and France sailed to Newfoundland. At first in the thirteenth century they were catching thousands of tons of cod and salmon every year. People caught so many fish that you could not walk across the ship decks without stepping on cod and salmon. The fishing industry was booming. There was only one problem. England was fishing with France and Spain but they didn’t get any profit out of it. England ended up leaving, and France and Spain divided the share.
The British Privy Council confirmed Newfoundland’s ownership for Labrador. This happened in 1927. There was an argument with Quebec claiming Labrador instead of Newfoundland. Robert Bond opposed joining Quebec to Labrador. To start out with Canada needed financial help. They accepted financial assistance from England. England made a government and six member commission to settle this dispute. It wasn’t settled until 1949 when Newfoundland got ownership over Labrador.
Iron ore mines came to be the next big thing in the Newfoundland Province. This happened in 1895. The location of the mine was on Bell Island. It was also by the city of Wabana. It was the largest provider of iron ore in Northeastern North America. The mine was under the sea bed of Conception Bay. The iron ore was shipped to Nova Scotia. That industry lasted for a few years.
The Great St. John’s fire was known to destroy St. John’s city by leaving 11,000 people homeless. This happened in 1892. The property damage in the city added up to $13,000,000.00. The high winds spread the fire through the city very fast. Back then there was not good water pressure. Because of this they had a problem putting the fire out. It took many years to rebuild the city.
In 1534 Newfounland was found. The french found Newfoundland but if you remember they were not the first. The explorer's name was Jacques Cartier.In 1534, Cartier set sail under a the oath of the king to try and discover a western passage to the rich markets of Asia. It took him twenty day to sail across the ocean starting on May 10 of that year. He explored Newfoundland. His crew slaughtered 1000 birds on there journey in Newfoundland. They were on another day of exploring when they got captured by indains. The French finally made an agreement with the indains to trade if they let him go.
Giovanni Caboto, also known as John Cabot, played an important role for England. It was 1497 when his role came into play. He claimed Newfoundland as a part of England. His ship left on May 2 off the Port of Bristowe. His ship’s name was Matthew. He arrived on August 6 at the point of an island base for fisheries and European grand banks.
The viking saga was an exploring time not only for Newfoundland but Labrador also Canada.In 1000 A.D. the vikings sailed over to Canada looking for a shortcut to Asia. They sailed to Canada in ships called knorrs.Once they arrived the vikings were there in winter. The vikings standed throught half of the harsh winter in Canada. Many vikings died because of the weather. At that point the vikings headed back to England. They never new that they found England instead of Asia.
The Beothuk was one of the first people that lived in Newfoundland and Labrador. The last record of when the Beothuk was in 0 A.D. . they were a part of the Algonquin family. they lived on the coast in the summer and moved farthe upland in the winter. They traveled upland in bark canoes. They hunted caribou in the winters and they would have to walk in snow shoes mad e with a wood frame and strips of skin.