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  • RJ
    January 17, 2013 - 00:58

    We really need toll booths to gain access to Signal Hill & Cape Spear.A loonie per car.The funds collected should be divided up & given to Allan Doyle & Rick Mercer...for they are Nfld's true Historical cornerstones ! ;)

  • Don II
    January 16, 2013 - 12:38

    To David: Thanks for the advice. I will follow up on this story. I am still researching it and waiting to obtain more information and details. It appears that the media were used by the Government to promote the propaganda about Cupids. It seems that nobody in the media thought to ask any hard questions about why the Government was spending millions of tax payer dollars to promote Cupids without asking to see documented historical proof instead of folklore that the Cupers Cove Plantation actually ever existed in Cupids! A real story was happening right under their noses and none of the media ever asked the Government why it was expropriating somebody's house and land to create a fictional Provincial Historic Site to commemorate the Cupids Cove Plantation, a place that never existed in the historical record of Newfoundland and Labrador! It seems the media could not get past the Government propaganda, the Royal visit, the visit of Prime Minister Harper and all the hyperbole (BS) about the Cupids 400 Celebrations!

  • Don II
    January 16, 2013 - 08:17

    To David: It appears that for some unexplained ulterior motives, the Government of Newfoundland expropriated somebody's house and land in Cupids to create a fictional historic site to commemorate the Cupids Cove Plantation, a place that never existed and is never mentioned in the historical record of Newfoundland and Labrador! Brief enough?

    • david
      January 16, 2013 - 11:06

      Better. But IMO, off on a tangent from the topic --- too specific an issue to coattail on a broad article. Write a letter to the editor, or ask the Tely to do an article on the case...Peter Jackson seems to be running out of original ideas for articles.

  • Don II
    January 15, 2013 - 09:28

    Derm Browne is correct when he states that: "..... I realize that symbolism is worth more than realism when it comes to cash and tourism." That appears to be the attitude of the Government of Newfoundland and the Department of Tourism. A real historic site must be authentic not fictional. Tourists who spend substantial amounts of money and who travel long distances want to visit historic sites which are proven to be authentic. From 1910 to 1998 the Government of Newfoundland claimed that a parcel of privately owned land in the town of Cupids was the site of the Sea Forest Plantation established by John Guy in 1610. In 1998 historical documents were revealed that proved that the Sea Forest Plantation was never located in the town of Cupids. Once that fictional version of the history of Cupids was exposed, the Government of Newfoundland began to claim that the privately owned parcel of land was the site of the Cupers Cove Plantation established by John Guy in 1610. In 2008, the Government of Newfoundland expropriated the privately owned parcel of land in Cupids which it was claiming to be the site of the Cupers Cove Plantation despite the fact that historical documents, letters, land grants and maps exist which show that the Cupers Cove Plantation was actually located near Avondale. The Government of Newfoundland expropriated the parcel of privately owned land in Cupids and dispossessed the owners from their property. The Government of Newfoundland, instead of designating the land as the site of the Cupers Cove Plantation as it had claimed in the Notice of Expropriation, inexplicably designated the land as the Cupids Cove Plantation Provincial Historic Site. The Government of Newfoundland knew or ought to have known that historical documents exist which show that the Sea Forest Plantation and the Cupers Cove Plantation were never located in Cupids. The expropriated parcel of land was designated as the Cupids Cove Plantation Provincial Historic Site despite the fact that no place called the Cupids Cove Plantation is ever mentioned in the entire historical record of Newfoundland and Labrador. It appears that the Government of Newfoundland is not concerned about authenticity and historical fact in the case of the fictional Cupids Cove Plantation. How does the Government justify to tourists that the Cupids Cove Plantation Provincial Historic Site commemorates a place that never existed? Is the Government of Newfoundland telling the tourists a fictionalized version of the history of Cupids to justify expropriating privately owned land to create a fictional historic site? It appears that it was necessary for the Government of Newfoundland to claim that the land in Cupids was the site of the Cupers Cove Plantation in order to justify the expropriation of the land. It appears that after the expropriation was completed the Government realized that it had no proof that the Cupers Cove Plantation was ever located on the expropriated land so it chose to designate the site as the fictional Cupids Cove Plantation! Later in 2008, the Government of Newfoundland expropriated the environmentally polluted Abitibi pulp mill by mistake!

    • david
      January 15, 2013 - 14:44

      Brevity, man. Try it, or else publish your own leaflet..

  • david
    January 15, 2013 - 08:55

    Formally remembering the past is a luxury of societiers that have a strong and promising future...which beyond this ephemeral boom of oil, Newfoundland does not. The Romans built an awful lot of monuments and statues when they obviously should put more thought and effort into their present. The best way to honour Newfoundland's past is for us to ensure that we are still here, doing something productive, in fifty years.