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  • jerome delaney
    July 03, 2014 - 15:58

    it is amazing, how little we know about our own culture, French is also apart of it, just go to the west coast of the province. England, forbid us from settling here for the first 100 yrs, and when we did they gave all the rights to the English fish merchants, plus what they did to the Beothucks was criminal. We were fought over by many different countries. The English won out. I will be hiking the D'iberville trail, it is apart of our heritage. Our culture is made up of more than just Irish and English.

  • Diocletian
    July 03, 2014 - 15:56

    There are at least two statues to d'Iberville in Canada: one in Ottawa as one of the "valiant" and the other at the Quebec parliament. building. The latter is no surprise but the one in Ottawa is an insult to Newfoundlanders.

  • sylvester gaudot
    July 03, 2014 - 10:35

    those who forget history are doomed to repeat it

    • Christopher Chafe
      July 03, 2014 - 17:28

      Those that live in the past will die in the past.

    • sylvester gaudot
      July 04, 2014 - 13:07

      I'd rather be informed than ignorant. Painting the past as some ideal era is distorting reality.

  • edwartt
    July 03, 2014 - 09:44

    He was a murdering dirt bag who deserves nothing . He killed Nlers or froze/starved us to death.

  • Don II
    July 03, 2014 - 09:18

    I agree with Tom Hawco completely. D'Iberville should never have been glorified and commemorated with the construction of a hiking trail or a plaque in Newfoundland. The historical record clearly shows that D'Iberville was a blood thirsty and despicable man. The poorly armed Newfoundland locals were no match for D'Iberville and his soldiers. It appears that the cruel tactics used by D'Iberville and his men included the use of "scalping" defenseless Newfoundland locals, an act of barbarity which would be considered as the work of a war criminal today! It appears that in Newfoundland and Labrador, the actual negative effects of wrongs and atrocities which were inflicted on our ancestors, our own flesh and blood relatives, are not remembered, or if remembered, are quickly forgotten or forgiven if a large Government funding Grant can be had simply by commemorating and glorifying a war criminal or by creating a fictional historic site to commemorate a place that never existed!

  • Chantal
    July 03, 2014 - 08:47

    Would you extend your disgust to the English forces? How about the American forces? Perhaps we should never speak of the likes of Earl Haig again - but many consider him a war hero. There are statues to Air Marshall Arthur "bomber" Harris. But never mind wartime; how about the English Newfoundland settlers who wiped out the Beothucks for no particular reason.

    • edwartt
      July 03, 2014 - 15:10

      So Chantal this would be like the German's putting up a Bomber Harris plaque going on about how great he was. I don't think they did that, the french in France can put up a D'Iberville plaque not us , he killed us. And the English settlers killed the Beothucks not disease or Scottish settlers or Irish settlers or french settlers .