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Discussion in 'Canada' started by Bilbao2Brooklyn, Oct 20, 2003.
Was this palced founded by Basques? Possibly inhabited by Basques?
any info appreciated.
Here you go, more Newfie history than a guy from Brooklyn aught to know
"Port aux Basques has a long history in one of Canada's oldest provinces. It gets its name Basque from the Basque whalers of the western Pyrenees region in Spain and France who crossed the Atlantic and skirted the southwestern tip of Newfoundland en route to Labrador in the 1500s."
http://www.nlhba.nf.ca/PR_Port aux Basques.htm
Hopefully this answers your question....
My father teaches NFLD settlement at MUN, and according to him there were no Basques at Port-aux-Basques. It was a French settlement, originally, with the English coming in around 1760. The Basques never established perminant settlement in Newfounland, only seasonal whaling (at Red Bay, Labrador, now a major archealogical site) and Cod fishery all around the island, mostly Placentia on the south coast. The Basques were some of the earliest Europeans in the new world, in the early 1500's, but they (for the most part) stopped coming aroud 1620.
So they were fishing for Cod of Newfoundland, but they never established a settlement.
Perhaps, the french named it so because they were introduced to the Fishing area by the Basques?
Also I found this go to the bottom
Check Port Aux Basques flag, it includes the Basque flag in it..