John Mason's map of Newfoundland, ca. 1617.
In 1616, Mason was appointed Governor of the English colony at Cupid's Cove
(Cuperts Cove on the map), Conception Bay. Mason was the first Englishman to
draw a map of Newfoundland. Old maps like this one were often inverted in their
orientation and drawn with North situated at the bottom of the map. See detail
map for a clearer image of the peninsula called North Falkland on the map (today
called the Bonavista Peninsula), and of the Latin statement "C Bona Vista a Caboto primum Reperta."
Courtesy of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies Archives, Memorial
University of Newfoundland Library, St. John's, Newfoundland.
Detail from the John Mason map.