Barent Langenes map of Newfoundland, 1602-1606
Barent Langenes map of Newfoundland, 1602-1606
The 16th century was a time of exploration and expansion for Western Europe. Many nations, including France, Portugal, Spain, and England, extended trade routes beyond their borders into Africa, Asia, and the New World. Abundant cod stocks off Newfoundland and Labrador's coasts were of interest to several European nations.

Reproduction courtesy of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University, St. John's, NL.
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