1714 – William Taverner’s First Report relating to Newfoundland

1714 – William Taverner’s First Report relating to Newfoundland

I waited on Collnl John Moody who gave me severall papers to Publish when I should arrive at St Peters [SAINT-PIERRE] requesting me to Administer the Oath of Allegiance to her late Majy & Crown of Brittain To all the french Inhabitants who were willing to take it. To use my utmost endeavours to persuade ’em to continue in their respective Plantations and, if possible to hinder all French Ships from Fishing and Trading in those parts which belong to the English by the late Treaty of Peace. He also let …

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1895 – D.W. Prowse – A history of Newfoundland – Chapter XVIII

A history of Newfoundland from the English, colonial, and foreign records (1895)

Prowse, D. W. (Daniel Woodley)
London, New York, 1895


The French Empire in North America, once a magnificent dommion that extended from the St. Lawrence to the Gulf of Mexico, today consists of a small cluster of islands off the south coast of Newfoundland.

Miquelon, the largest of the group, has a few fishermen and farmers, but no harbour; all the interest in the little archipelago centres in the port and town ot St. Pierre, a bustling little seaport, …

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1762 – Mr. Pitt absolutely refused to cede the island of Miquelon to the French

Anecdotes of the Life of the Right Hon. William Pitt, Earl of Chatham: And of the Principal Events of His Time. With His Speeches in Parliament, from the Year 1736 to the Year 1778

Chapter XXII – 1762

Mr. Pitt absolutely refused to cede the island of Miquelon to the French; and the French minister told Mr. Staley “He would not insist on it.” To the cession of the island of St. Peter only, four indispensable conditions were annexed*. The cession of the island of St Peter was not agreeable to Mr Pitt’s own inclination; for it is a fact …

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1941 : British Communique to be accepted by General de Gaulle


1. The islands are French and will remain French.

2. The present Administrator shall be withdrawn; the Administration of the islands shall be exercised by the Consultative Council.

3. The above-mentioned Council wil will agree to the appointment of Canadian and United States’ officials to assist them in the operation of the wireless stations on the islands in the common interest of the Allies.

4. The Free Franch National Committee inform His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom that they never intended that ships of the Free French Naval …

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7 août 1930
St. Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory, Boom Since Canada’s Ban on Clearances for Liquor-Laden Ships U.S . Bound – Exports Jump From 19,021 Gallons to 113,219 a Month.
Special to The Star

Ottawa, Aug, 7. – There were no declared exports of liquor to the United States last month according to official figures released here, but the big rum shipments that formerly crossed the International border have been diverted to the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
In other words, Canada has lived …

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1930 : Object to French Restrictions on Liquor Exports to U.S.

8 juillet 1930
Object to French Restrictions on Liquor Exports to U.S.

Paris, July 7 – Efforts of the department of colonies to prevent the legal handling of liquor shipments by residents of the islands of Miquelon, off the Newfoundland coast, have met with much opposition from inhabitants of the island, who are besieging the ministry with protests defending their right to the profits of this trade.
In the past few months, these islands have grown comparatively wealthy from the flood of liquor which pours through the islands en route to the United States as a result …

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1914 : French Possessions Near Canada are Deserted by Fishing Boats.

12 august 1914 : Toronto Star
French Possessions Near Canada are Deserted by Fishing Boats.

Canadian Press Despatch.
St. Pierre, Miq. (off Nova Scotia), Aug. 7 (delayed in transmission). – The outbreak of the European war has caused the withdrawal from this Island of nearly the entire French fishing fleet, and many steam trawlers have returned to Havre and Brest. Business has badly crippled as the bank has refused to cash drafts and checks on France.
Upon receipt of official advices that hostilities had begun, the Colonial Government sent two steam trawlers to the fishing fleet …

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1930 : Foreign Office, S.W.1. Correspondance Whiskard – Smith

Foreign Office, S.W.1.
15th December, 1930
(W 12824/9189/17)

Dear Whiskard,  (G.G. Whiskard, Esq, C.B.)

We have been carefully considering your letter of November 28th which enclosed the record of a conversation which you had with Sir Richard Squires, prior to his departure for Newfoundland, on the question of St. Pierre and Miquelon.

There seems to be no doubt that just possibly these islands may lead to a very unpleasant inter-Dominion squabble, and that the situation wants careful consideration. We accordingly had the treaty position examined, and I enclose herein a memorandum on the subject.

You will see from this …

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1935 : Two Islands Remnant of French Colonial Empire

Two Islands Remnant of French Colonial Empire
13 September 1935, Deming New Mexico

The French colony of St Pierre and Miquelon consist  of two islands lying ten miles off the southern coast of Newfoundland. Together they are an area of less thatn 100 square miles and are the sole remnants of the great French colonial empire in North American, notes a correspondent in the Chicago Tribune.
At the beginning of the Eighteenth century France was in control of North America except for the English colonies along the Atlantic seaboard, and the Spanish settlements in Florida and in the region reaching …

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