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A Capsule History of St. John’s, Newfoundland

By Joan Rusted

The history of St. John’s, like the history of Newfoundland itself, is centered on the sea. The city’s initial function was to serve as a seasonal mercantile center to support the fishing fleets which came to exploit the abundant fish stocks of the island’s shores and as a military garrison town. Thus it is impossible to write a history of St. John’s without touching, however briefly, upon the history of Newfoundland in general.

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