This web site is a joint project of the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site and the provincial Department of Education. It provides supplementary reading material for students of Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 2205, a high school social studies course.


Hundreds of articles are on this web site. Most are about 1,200 words long and provide straightforward, well-researched information about Newfoundland and Labrador's history, geography, population, culture, and society. Many also include photographs, maps, and other images that give fascinating visual insight into the province's development over time.


The web site is organized into six chapters, which correspond with the six chapters in the NLS 2205 school textbook:


Chapter One examines how our culture has changed over time and is shaped by geography, economy, history, and society.


Chapter Two explains how humans came to populate Newfoundland and Labrador. It also discusses the migratory fishery and early settlement by Europeans.


Chapter Three studies the resident fishery and European permanent settlement of Newfoundland and Labrador. Early forms of government are also discussed.

Chapter Four is about economic diversification in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It also describes how the lifestyles of local inhabitants changed during this period.


Chapter Five examines major events during the first half of the 20th century. Topics include the World Wars, women's suffrage, Great Depression, Commission of Government, and National Convention.


Chapter Six is about significant events since 1948. Topics include Confederation with Canada, the Smallwood administration, resettlement, and changes to Aboriginal lifestyles during the 60 years since Confederation.


We hope that teachers will also visit these pages and find them a helpful resource while designing lesson plans and preparing lectures.