French Visitors to Newfoundland

An Anthology of Nineteenth Century Travel Writings

Scott Jamieson (Editor), Anne Thareau (Editor) 

With the end of the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s and the renewal of French fishing along Newfoundland's "French Shore," French writers became interested in life in Newfoundland. This anthology, originally published in French and now expertly translated into English, provides an image of Newfoundland shaped over many years of writings by French voyagers — sailors and naval officers, diplomats, scientists, journalists, artists, and other visitors — who described this region and its people for their readers back in France. This collection of their accounts, besides describing the French experience of Newfoundland, captures the perception held by French visitors of Newfoundland’s transformation from colony to country, of Newfoundlanders and their lifestyle, and of the development of Newfoundland’s own political and social institutions and the changes brought about as France relinquished its historical fishing rights to the English.

Scott Jamieson is Associate Professor and Anne Thareau is Associate Professor and Head, both in the Department of French and Spanish, Memorial University of Newfoundland. They have collaborated on a number of previous translations and other publications.

ISERBooks. Softcover. Published in 2013. 312 pages. ISBN 978-1-894725-13-2.

$29.95 CAD