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French Visitors to Newfoundland

An Anthology of Nineteenth Century Travel Writings

Edited and translated by Scott Jamieson & Anne Thareau
Edited by Ronald Rompkey
Categories: History, Geography, Newfoundland And Labrador Studies, North Atlantic European Studies
Series: Social and Economic Papers
Series Number: 31
Paperback : 9781894725132, 312 pages, December 2013

Expertly translated writings of countless French voyagers, and their perception of Newfoundland in the nineteenth century.


From the early 1800s on, we encounter the first French writers to become interested in life in Newfoundland. This anthology provides an image of Newfoundland that was shaped over many years of writings by countless French voyagers—sailors and naval officers, diplomats, scientists, journalists, artists, and other visitors—who described this region and its people for their readers back in France. This collection of their accounts attempts to capture the perception held by French visitors of Newfoundland’s transformation from colony to country, of Newfoundlanders and their lifestyle, and of the development of Newfoundland’s own political institutions and the changes brought about as France relinquished its historical rights to the English.


"Jamieson and Thareau are to be commended for translating into English these writings by French visitors to Newfoundland, extending from 1816 to 1907, including scientists, sailors, naval officers, journalists, doctors, artists, diplomats and geographers. "

- Burton K. Janes, Saltwire

"Rompkey’s cast of characters illustrate aspects of nineteenth-century Newfoundland society and culture that are not often available in published primary sources.  In translating the collection into English, Jamieson and Thareau have ensured the results of Rompkey’s research are even more readily available. "

- Angela Duffett, The Canadian Historical Review