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  • Don II
    September 09, 2013 - 10:07

    This Globe is a very interesting find with an apparent historical connection to Newfoundland that was previously unknown. It appears that there are many documents regarding Newfoundland history which have been lost, hidden, suppressed or misinterpreted . The long promoted myths about the history of Cupids, Newfoundland is a case in point. The Government of Newfoundland has promoted Cupids as being the site of the oldest English settlement in Canada that was founded by John Guy. The historical record shows that Cupers Cove, NOT Cupids was the oldest English settlement in Canada. Cupers Cove was located near to Salmon Cove which is now the modern day town of Avondale. In addition, the historical record shows that Cupers Cove was located within the boundaries of the Colony of Avalon which was owned by George Calvert the first Lord Baltimore. Letters from the Governor of the Colony of Avalon Edward Wynne and Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore show that Cupers Cove was part of the Colony of Avalon . It appears that the public may not know that the Colony of Avalon encompassed the area from Ferryland to Petty Harbor to Salmon Cove (now Avondale) to Placentia and back to Ferryland. Governor Wynne referred to: "our northern plantation" and Cecil Calvert wrote that: "Sir George Calvert late Lord Baltimore...sent his Majesties subjects to plant in several harbors, maintained them, built houses for them, made forts for their and the Fishermens defense and placed sundry Governors there as Captain Wynne, Captain Mason and Sir Arthur Aston...." The fact that Sir George Calvert sent Captain John Mason to be a Governor of his Colony of Avalon confirms that the Cupers Cove Plantation, or the northern plantation, of which John Mason was the Governor, was located within the boundaries of the Colony of Avalon and was located near Salmon Cove (now Avondale). The boundaries of the Colony of Avalon did not include the area where the town of Cupids is located so it is not possible that the Cupers Cove Plantation was ever located in Cupids! The history of Newfoundland has been distorted for many decades. Finds such as this historic Globe will assist historians to correct the misinterpretations regarding the history of the Cupers Cove Plantation which was never located at Cupids.