Added: Collins Goodall - Date: 24.07.2021 01:33 - Views: 20649 - Clicks: 3087
The island of Newfoundland has a long and indented coastline that includes several major bays. Newfoundlanders conceived of their geography as a series of "shores" and "bays. While these are in part arbitrary geographic deations, there are concrete historical experiences that make them real. There are also factors that for differences among the bays.
Communications within these areas, as well as ethnic and economic similarities gave these "regions" some internal coherence. Each of these bays had particular qualities in common, for both geographic and historical reasons. For much of our history, communications and transportation were easier by sea than over land - with the consequence that sometimes communities within a particular bay had more frequent contact with each other than Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in other bays.
Particular areas of Newfoundland were also settled at different times, and with settlers from different parts of the British Isles and Ireland, so there is a measure of ethnic homogeneity within individual bays. Mary's Bay, for example, Newfoundland bay a high portion of Irish Roman Catholic people among its settlers.
The communities in each of the major bays tended to share the same economic foundation as well. Bonavista Bay communities participated in the offshore seal hunt, for example, while Placentia Bay communities often participated in the Grand Banks fishery. This encouraged common cultures with particular areas. The way of life could be strikingly different from the people in another bay.
In addition to Newfoundlanders feeling an attachment to their communities, they sometimes felt some sense of belonging to a larger "community" of their bay. One might hear people describing themselves as "Placentia Bay men" or "Placentia Bay women" for example. Those who had moved to urban centres were often the strongest in their identification with their home bay and Newfoundland bay.
While nearly all communities in Newfoundland had an economic and political relationship with St. John's, particular bays often had unofficial "capitals" of their own. A larger outport, such as Twillingate in Notre Dame Bay, could be the site of a hospital to serve the residents of the bay; or as with Greenspond in Bonavista Bay, have the courthouse for its area. Clergymen also moved from one small community to another within a bay, serving the spiritual needs of the residents of the bay who lacked clergy of their own.
Wealthier merchants, such as the Ryan family of Bonavista, also had agents who operated in other communities within the area. So economic and social connections tied bays together. Since most communities in Newfoundland and Labrador are located on the coast, and travel from one community to another was easier by sea, electoral districts were organized by bays. Unlike many British colonies, Newfoundland had not been divided into counties.
All the communities in a bay may have been included in the one district, or, in the case of a heavily populated or geographically large bay, have been divided into two districts. With the development of ro to all but the most remote of the outports during the 20th century, transportation by sea became less important and the cohesiveness of particular bays less important.
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