Aquaforte - Newfoundland and Labrador

Route 10
Coordinates: 47.0067° N, 52.9574° W

Maps from 1519 referred to the area as R.da aguea, meaning strong or fast water. This may have referred to a local waterfall that empties into the harbour. Later R.da aguea evolved into Agoforta and eventually Aquaforte.

By the late 1700s seasonal fishing crews were visiting the area, however it was not until the early 1800s that permanent settlement occurred when English fishermen began to stay year round.

Interesting Facts:
  • 1675 to 1715, Aquaforte supports a small seasonal fishery with ships from the English ports of Bideford and Barnstable visiting regularly.
  • 1776, local Justice of the Peace, Robert Carver, applies to England for a small tract of land and becomes the first farmer in the community.
  • 1833, the first police constable in the area is appointed.
  • 1836, population grows to more than 125 residents.
  • 1842, there are three schools operating in the area.
  • 1902, Anders Ellefsen (A Norwegian) makes an application to build a factory to process whales.
  • 1920s to 1930s, local businessmen build ice houses (insulated warehouses) to store ice for sale to passing schooners.
  • 1972, Aquaforte is incorporated as a community.

Genealogy Information

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