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John Mason's map of Newfoundland, ca. 1625

John Mason's map of Newfoundland, ca. 1625
Colonizer and cartographer John Mason promoted Newfoundland and Labrador as a potential home for Scottish migrants during the early 17th century, but was largely unsuccessful in attracting settlers from that area. Mason served as governor of Cuper's Cove from 1615-1621 and was the first Englishman to draw a map of the island. Early cartographers sometimes drew maps, like the one seen here, with south at the top and north at the bottom.

Courtesy of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland.

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