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Early New World Settlers

The coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador are steeped in history. About 1,000 years ago, Leif Erickson founded the earliest known European settlement in the New World at the L’Anse aux Meadows UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over 400 years ago, the Basques established the world’s first large scale whaling enterprise in Red Bay, Labrador making it our province’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Hopedale, a small Inuit community along the coast of Northern Labrador, you’ll find the Hopedale Mission National Historic Site where some of the oldest wooden-framed buildings in Canada still stand there as built by the Moravian Mission. And with a 500 year history in the global fishing industry, Newfoundland and Labrador has a lot to celebrate at The Ryan Premises National Historic Site in Bonavista.

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