EXTRACT FROM “ ATLAS GEOGRAPHUS.”1
XI. TERRA DE LABORADOR ; OR, NEW BRITAIN.
Is a Country of vast Extent, lies N. from Newfoundland and the River of St. Lawrence, and along Hudson's Bay and Streights, to N. Lat. 64. Some name it Corterealis and Estotiland. Others reckon the two others to be Subdivisions of it. The Name of Laborador is ascrib'd to its being fit for Cultivation ; that of Corterealis to a Portuguese Gentleman, who was here in 1500 ; and Nova Britania came from some Britons in France, who were here in 1504 ; But the English claim'd a Right to it from Cabot, who discovered it with Newfoundland in Henry VIlth's Time. The French reckon it part of Canada, and have some Settlements here The Natives were like the rest of the Northern Americans, dwelt for most part in Caves, and liv'd by Fishing and Hunting. By Conversation with the French they are said to be more civiliz'd. The Sansons in their Map ascribe that part of it which lies on the N. Side of the River of Canada to New France, and the most easterly Part of that Division is called Great and Little Eskimaux. They say the whole is a mountainous Country, and abounds with Wild Beasts. The length of it from the River St. Lawrence to the Entrance of Hudson's Bay, is, according to our Maps, 1020 Miles, and the greatest breadth from E. to W. 450.
1 “ Atlas Geographus or a Compleat System of Geography (Ancient and Modern) for America.” By Eliz. Nutt for John Nicholson, London, 1717, p. 770.