Sir David Kirke, 1597-1654
Sir David Kirke, 1597-1654
Sir David Kirke and other proprietary colonists settled on the island of Newfoundland during the 17th century. Although the British government did not initially object to the colonies, it tried to curb tensions between planters and migratory fishers by passing legislation in the 1630s forbidding settlement within six miles of the shore and prohibiting the occupation of fishing rooms until European fishing crews arrived each summer.

Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (MF 231-411), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John's, NL. Image modified by Wendy Churchill, 1999.
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