Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Now that you mention it, it does look just like old John....

A well known seventeenth-century print, thought to show explorer Bartholomew Gosnold in New England, has been claimed for Newfoundland. Newfoundland archaeologist Bill Gilbert has made the case that the image is of John Guy trading with Beothuks in Trinity Bay in 1612.

Writing in the journal Post-Medieval Archaeology, Gilbert sets out how closely the image reflects every detail in a report of Guy's encounter. Guy went on to found Cupids, one of the first European settlement ventures on the Newfoundland coast.
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