Hope and Deception in Conception Bay: Merchant-Settler Relations in Newfoundland, 1785-1855
In late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Newfoundland, the evolution of colonial self-government was accompanied by an economic transition from a migratory to a resident fishery. This study focuses on the society and economy which developed on the northeast coast of Newfoundland, the area most important for the resident fishery. Conception Bay receives the greatest amount of attention because it had some of the most favourable agricultural conditions and was the centre of the early nineteenth century seal and Labrador fisheries. It surveys the development of Newfoundland’s fishery based society, which was at variance with the agriculture based societies of other North American colonies. The slow development of settlement and colonial political institutions is outlined as well as the development of the colony’s legal system. The study emphasizes the importance of geographic factors in explaining the persistent dominance of fish merchants in Newfoundland society.
01 Jan 1995
Heritage institutions Federal government public administration
Politics and Society
Strategic Research Theme
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture