The Labrador Boundary

Privy Council Documents

Volume VIII

Terra de Labrador, or New Britain.

Its situation.

p. 3782

No. 1439.



III. This Country which is call'd New Britain by the English, lies to the South-west of Greenland ; it has Hudson's Streights, and Part of the Atlantick Ocean, on the North-east ; and the last, also, on the East. On the South-east it is divided from Newfoundland by the Streights of Belle-Isle ; on the South it has the Gulph and River of St. Laurence, and Part of Canada ; and on the West Hudson's Bay. It extends from the 50th to the 63rd Degree of Latitude, and from the 51st to the 79th Degree of Longitude West from London. Its Form is almost triangular. The Name of Terra de Labrador, which the Spaniards gave it, and which signifies the Ploughman's Land, seems to hint that this Country is cultivated ; and yet it is very probable, says la Martiniere, that the greatest Part of it lies untill'd. We have no Knowledge of the Inland Parts of this Country, and but an imperfect one of the Coast.

1 “A Complete System of Geography.” The whole illustrated with Seventy Maps. By Emanuel Bouman, Geographer to His Majesty, Vol. II, p. 767, London, 1747.


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