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Codfish in a punt, n.d.
Codfish in a punt, n.d.

The cod fishery was a mainstay of Newfoundland and Labrador's economy throughout the 19th century. Once fishers caught and cured the fish, it was up to the colony's merchants to sell the product to foreign buyers. The largest importers were Brazil, the West Indies, and the southern European countries of Spain, Portugal, and Italy.

Photographer unknown. Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (Coll. 137 24.02.028), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John's, NL.
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