19.2.08

The Founding of Britain's Overseas Empire

The Monarchist has this article on it. I post it for my NewFee relatives...

Above Plaque in St. John's, Newfoundland, commemorating Sir Humphrey Gilbert's founding of the British Empire.On arriving at the port of St. John's, Gilbert found himself temporarily blockaded by the fishing fleet under the organisation of the port admiral (an Englishman) on account of piracy committed against a Portuguese vessel in 1582 by one of Gilbert's commanders. Once this resistance was overcome, Gilbert waved his letters patent about and, in a formal ceremony, took possession of Newfoundland (including the lands 200 leagues to the north and south) for the English crown on August 5, 1583. This involved the cutting of turf to symbolize the transfer of possession of the soil, according to the common law of England. He claimed authority over the fish stations at St. John's and proceeded to levy a tax on the fisherman from several countries who worked this popular area near the Grand Banks.
An interesting site on L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, may be found here, and here, and here.
Thanks and a bottle of Screech to the Monarchist.
de Brantigny

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