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  • Don II
    February 01, 2013 - 15:32

    The use of political fiction to alter historical fact for ulterior motives has been practiced by the Government of Newfoundland since Confederation and the promotion of political fiction to distort historical fact continues today. The secrecy, lack of disclosure and withholding of the facts regarding the Muskrat Falls project is just one case in point. I have been inquiring into the expenditure of millions of tax payer dollars in the town of Cupids based on claims that the town of Cupids is the location of Cupers Cove where John Guy established the Sea Forest Plantation and Cupers Cove Plantation in 1610. For decades the Government of Newfoundland promoted the town of Cupids as being the location of the oldest English colony in Canada. In 1910, the Government of Newfoundland promoted a series of Post Card photographs showing the location of the Sea Forest Plantation in Cupids. In 1998, documents were revealed to contain information that confirmed that the Sea Forest Plantation had never been located in Cupids. The founder of the Cupers Cove Plantation wrote in his letter of October 6, 1610 that Cupers Cove was a branch of or located near to a place called Salmon Cove. It appears that everyone assumed that a place called Salmon Cove situated near Cupids was confirmation that Cupids was Cupers Cove. Recently, historical documents, maps, Charter Grant documents, the Plantation Book and correspondence was revealed to contain information showing that the Salmon Cove to which John Guy referred in his letter did not exist near Cupids in 1610. The Salmon Cove which is situated near Cupids was not inhabited, not named and was not recorded on maps or in the Plantation Book for over 150 years after John Guy arrived at Cupers Cove in 1610! The Salmon Cove that is recorded in the historical documents, maps and in John Guy's letter was located near where the town of Avondale is situated today. Despite overwhelming historical documentary and physical evidence which proves that Cupids is not Cupers Cove, the Government of Newfoundland persisted in promoting political fiction as historical fact and pumped millions of tax payer dollars into Cupids to promote the town as being the site of the oldest English colony in Canada! The Government of Newfoundland even went so far as to expropriate privately owned land and dispossessed the owners to acquire and protect the purported site of the Cupers Cove Plantation. Upon expropriating the private property, the Government of Newfoundland promptly designated the land to be the Cupids Cove Plantation Provincial Historic Site. The Government of Newfoundland ignored the historical fact that Cupids is NOT Cupers Cove and ignored the fact that there is no mention or reference to any place called the Cupids Cove Plantation in the entire historical record of Newfoundland and Labrador! It appears that the Government of Newfoundland expropriated the wrong location which was purported to be the site of the Cupers Cove Plantation! The Government of Newfoundland then named the expropriated land as the site of the Cupids Cove Plantation, a place which never existed in the historical record of Newfoundland and Labrador! The Government of Newfoundland has continued the practice of promoting political fiction as historical fact in Cupids. It appears that the Government of Newfoundland was not prepared to accept the fact that the land it expropriated from the rightful owners was NOT the authentic site of the Cupers Cove Plantation! It appears that the Government of Newfoundland is unwilling to admit that it made a major mistake in Cupids and is unwilling to negotiate a proper settlement and to undertake to correct that mistake. Instead, the Government of Newfoundland continues to pump tax payers dollars into promoting and operating the completely fictional Cupids Cove Plantation Provincial Historic Site! The Government of Newfoundland has the dubious distinction of expropriating privately owned land in order to create a Provincial Historic Site to commemorate the fictional Cupids Cove Plantation, a place which NEVER existed in the historical record of Newfoundland and Labrador!