EXTRACT FROM “THE AMERICAN GAZETTEER,”
COLLECTED AND COMPILED FROM THE BEST AUTHORITIES AND ARRANGED WITH GREAT CARE, BY, AND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF, JEDIDIAH MORSE, BOSTON, 1797.
LABRADOR, TERRA DE, one of the northern countries of America, called also Esquimaux, and is comprehended in New Britain ; bounded north by Hudson's Strait, south by part of Lower Canada and the river St. Lawrence, west by Hudson's Bay, north-east by the Ocean and Davis's Straits, and E. by the Straits of Belisle and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Coast is rocky, and interspersed with innumerable isles. The only attempt to trade with Labrador, has been directed towards the fishery ; the annual produce of which, amounts to upwards of £49,000 sterl. The inhabitants, whose number is unknown, hunt for furs and skins. The Moravian Brethren maintain a communication with their mission on the coast of Labrador. The property of their ship is divided into shares of £10 only, with the supply intended for the brethren ; articles are sent for traffic with the natives, enabling them to bring back cargoes that have afforded them not always a dividend of more than the interest of the capital employed. See New-Britain.