THE ACADIANS IN NEWFOUNDLAND

The development of French fishing stations in Newfoundland led to the founding of Placentia in 1662. When France ceded Newfoundland to Great Britain in 1713, it retained its fishing rights on part of the coast of the island. French fishermen eventually settled there, along with two young men from St. Pierre et Miquelon: Jean Camus, whose family was from Louisbourg, and François Benoit, an Acadian. They founded families on the French coast of Newfoundland, in the St. Georges Bay region.

In the early 1800s, several Acadian families from Cape Breton moved to Newfoundland. Around the late 1840s, they were joined by other Acadians from Cape Breton, some of whom came via the Magdalen Islands. They settled mainly on Sandy Point in St. Georges Bay.

Between 1850 and 1868, two thirds of the births recorded at St. Georges Bay were of Acadian descent. Some of these Acadian families moved to the Port au Port Peninsula around the beginning of the 20th century. They settled in communities where descendants of French fishermen and Acadians were already established. And thus Acadia gradually took root in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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