Welcome to the Early Modern Network of Newfoundland!

The history of European settlement in the “Newfound Land” off the coast of the North American mainland can only be properly understood by looking back at the Early Modern Period, the years between the early 1500s and the mid-1700s. 

The Early Modern Network of Newfoundland is made up of people who are interested in understanding more about Early Modern history, both as it relates to Newfoundland, and how it relates to the broader Early Modern World.

If you want to find out more about the Early Modern Network, click here

If you want to read a quick overview of the development of settlement in Newfoundland during the 16th and 17th Centuries, click here


*Detail in the site header is from John Mason’s map of Newfoundland, ca. 1617.  Courtesy of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland.   
Click here
  to see the complete map and to find out more about it.  Click here to see another image of the map. 

The font used in the header is called IM Fell English.  To see more about the history of this font, and some of the initiatives concerning the modern digitization of this and other Fell fonts, click here.

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