"Impressively researched and methodologically eclectic. . . . An ambitious, complex, and thought-provoking study that should bring a lot more attention to early Newfoundland."
"[A] penetrating . . . conjectural mixture of history, geography, economics, anthropology, and international relations."
"Pope succeeds gloriously in bringing this critical, intermeshed Atlantic trade and industry to life.
(Nicholas Canny, National University of Ireland, Galway) "
From the Inside Flap
In Newfoundland, colonists in fishing plantations exchanged fish for the luxury goods of wine and tobacco creating a commercial web between the New England coast, the North Atlantic, and the Mediterranean. Pope, an historical archaeologist, excavates the life of this colony where migratory European crews had fished for cod since the 1500s. It is also the story of the remarkable Kirke family who took over and continued to operate the largest fishing establishments in Newfoundland until 1696.