Entrance to St. John's Harbour, ca. 1811
The Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) were a time of tremendous social upheaval in Europe, but brought much economic prosperity to Newfoundland and Labrador. The withdrawal of warring nations from the saltfish trade gave the colony an almost complete monopoly over the lucrative industry, while rising fish prices and high catch rates saw profits soar.
Watercolour by Nicholas Pocock. “Outside view of the Harbour of St. John's.” Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada (Acc. No. 1970-188-643).