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Newfoundland- General

As Near to Heaven by Sea

By Kevin Major

Newfoundland and Labrador is like no other part of North America. Discover the reasons why.

For three centuries after Europeans rediscovered it, Newfoundland was thought of as little more than 'a Great English Ship moored near the banks during the Fishing Season'. Labrador, dismissed as that 'land God gave to Cain' commanded no more respect, But for the people who made its coastline their home, including the aboriginal peoples who first settled there nine thousand years earlier, Newfoundland and Labrador was of vastly greater significance. In the people who propelled its history - Leif Eiriksson, James Cook, Black Bart, Joey Smallwood, Amelia Earheart, Shanawdithit, d'Iberville, Audobon, and Marconi, to name but a handful of the better known - are to be found a wealth of daring adventure and limitless imagination.

Newfoundland and Labrador share a history that is anything but genteel. Scandal was tempered by remarkable feats of courage, distaste by extraordinary acts of creativity. And that history spans millennia: beginning with the ritual burial of a Maritime Archaic child and ending at the dawn of the twenty-first century, with Viking landings, the exploits of Basque whalers, centuries of military and religious strife, confederation with Canada, and countless other events sandwiched in between. Kevin Major captures it all - the triumphs and the setbacks, the accomplishments and the defeats - in exciting vivid prose.

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