The shore stretching south from St. Johns to Trepassey was one of the first areas in North America to be visited regularly by Europeans. One of the most distinctive enduring legacies of early exploration is the names Europeans imposed on the coast. Capes, headlands, offshore islands and large harbours were among the first features to be given names that are still recognizable. Most early place names were Portuguese, or French and English translations. This field guide offers an introduction to settlement patterns and fishing strategies of the early European settlers. The focus is on communities along the Southern Shore of the Avalon Peninsula: the outports, Cape Spear, Petty Harbour, the Goulds, Bay Bulls, Brigus South, Ferryland, and Calvert.