As Near To Heaven By Sea: A History Of Newfoundland And Labrador

As Near To Heaven By Sea A History Of Newfoundland And Labrador For three centuries after Europeans rediscovered it Newfoundland was thought of as little than a great English Ship moored near the Banks during the Fishing Season Labrador dismissed as the land God

  • Title: As Near To Heaven By Sea: A History Of Newfoundland And Labrador
  • Author: Kevin Major
  • ISBN: 9780140278644
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • For three centuries after Europeans rediscovered it, Newfoundland was thought of as little than a great English Ship moored near the Banks during the Fishing Season Labrador, dismissed as the land God gave to Cain, commanded no respect But for the people who made its coastline their home, including the Aboriginal peoples who first settled there 9000 years earFor three centuries after Europeans rediscovered it, Newfoundland was thought of as little than a great English Ship moored near the Banks during the Fishing Season Labrador, dismissed as the land God gave to Cain, commanded no respect But for the people who made its coastline their home, including the Aboriginal peoples who first settled there 9000 years earlier, Newfoundland and Labrador was of considerably greater significance In these people lie a fascinating history Leif Eriksson, James Cook, Black Bart, Benedict Arnold, Brigitte Bardot, Mary Walsh, Joey Smallwood, Amelia Earhart, Shanawdithit, D Iberville, Audubon and Marconi are but a dozen of the better known.The history of Newfoundland and Labrador is no genteel excursion Scandal coexisted with extraordinary feats of courage disaster with daring acts of the imagination The ritual burial of a Maritime Archaic child several millennia ago, the Viking landings, the exploits of Basque whalers, centuries of military and religious strife, confederation with Canada and the collapse of the fisheries all are brought to life by Kevin Major in exciting, vivid prose.As Near to Heaven by Sea was nominated for the 2001 Pearson Writers Trust Non Fiction Prize.

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    1. With As Near To Heaven By Sea Kevin Major provides a serviceable sketch of The Rock starting with the birth pains of its geological genesis all the way up to Danny Williams' first election. In doing so, the best that can be said of Major's book is that it is a solid introduction to Newfoundland's history. Unfortunately, however, the book occasionally loses focus and at times borders on tedium. Nonetheless, this is a good starting point into the history of Britain's first colony.As Major himself [...]

    2. Thought I had lost it but it was just stashed away. Such an interesting read if you're a sucker for history, archaeology, migration, anthropology or if you have a connection to newfoundland/the maritimes. Luckily I've got a dash of everything listed so this book was perfect for me.

    3. I read this book before spending 7 weeks touring Newfoundland with my wife in our Canadian Roadtrek Campervan. It was a vacation but also a research trip for my book. As Near To Heaven By Sea was not only a superb primer to plan our trip it proved to be, at least for me, the most comprehensive and readable account of Newfoundland's storied history.Another must readGraham Gibbs author of Five Ages of Canada: A History From Our First Peoples to Confederation

    4. This book spans from pre-contact and norse voyages to vinland all the way to the election of Danny Williams, and so is unapologetic in its selectivity. The authour, however, provides a personal perspective from a resident of the outports that is exactly what a 'come from away' living in St.John's is looking for in a popular history of my new home. Moving to St.John's you become immediately aware of the wealth of culture and hard to access stories that surround the place in the inaccessible outpo [...]

    5. I had no idea Newfoundland had such an in depth history. It made me a a newfie-phile for a good amount of time.

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