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Salt cod drying on a St. John's wharf, pre-1892
Salt cod drying on a St. John’s wharf, pre-1892

The salt-cod fishery was a mainstay of Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy throughout the 1800s. It accounted for 70 per cent of the colony’s exports by the end of the century.

Photographer unknown. Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (Coll. 137 03.02.003), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.
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