Engraving of an Inuit family from Labrador, ca. 1812
Engraving of an Inuit family from Labrador, ca. 1812
Direct interaction between Newfoundland and Labrador Aboriginal groups and Europeans was limited for much of the 17th and 18th centuries. During this period, Newfoundland and Labrador served mainly as a seasonal fishing station for European crews engaged in the transatlantic migratory fishery. Most vessels arrived in spring and departed in August.

“Esquimaux Indians of the Coast of Labrador, Communicated by a Moravian Missionary.” Drawn by Garret, engraved by Chapman. Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada (C-25700).
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