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Documents relating to Ferryland: 1597 to 1726

27 October, 1684; Francis Wheler [Captain HMS TYGER]
extract from "Account of Inhabitants between Cape Race and Cape Bonavista"

Great Britain, PRO, Colonial Office, CO 1/55 (56vii), 257.
MHA 16-D-1-007. Transcribed by P.E. Pope.

Subjects: planters, cod, fisheries, servants, boats, census (1684).

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The answear to the first article is the number of the English planters inhabiting the eastern coast of Newfoundland, between Cape Race in the latitude of 46:30 degrees and Cape Bonavista in 48:50 degrees, with the number of servants employed by them this summer and generally verey year, with the quantity of fish they have taken, beginning at Cape Race and so to the northward, with the distance from one port to another.

Names of Places
from Cape Race
[Caplin Bay]
Distance 1 league
[from Aquafort]
1 mile
[from Ferryland]
Men 6 3
Women 6 3
Children 6 12
Servants 103 18
Boats 21 4
Quantity of
Fish in quintals
4200 800

...It is to be noted that every planter that keeps boats hath a stage, which is more than two thirds, one place with another.

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