Cape Broyle - Newfoundland and Labrador

Route 10
Coordinates: 47.0955° N, 52.9493° W

Originally, many believed that the name is derived from the Portuguese word albrolho, meaning a pointed rock in the sea. More recently it is believed that it is a derivative of brolle, meaning to roar, referring to a ledge of sunken rock jutting out from the cape and causing white water to form at the bay's entrance.

An English colony was attempted in 1618, but did not succeed. Later in the 1780s Irish settlers began arriving and the community began to grow.

Interesting Facts
  • 1618, Sir William Vaughan arrives to establish a colony for England.
  • 1623, Vaughan sells the northern portion of his grant to Lord Baltimore and leaves Cape Broyle.
  • 1623 1630s, Cape Broyle is referred to as Baltimores Harbour.
  • 1696, census records show 13 residents in the area.
  • mid 1800s, population rises to over 500 as many families move from nearby Brigus South to the more sheltered harbour at Cape Broyle.
  • 1840, first road connecting Cape Broyle to other communities opens.
  • 1864, Michael Patrick Cashin is born in Cape Broyle. He begins his political career in 1893, culminating with Cashin becoming Prime Minister of Newfoundland from May to November 1919.
  • 1870, first school opens in Cape Broyle.
  • 1857, cod oil is manufactured at a local plant.
  • 1903, whaling factory opens.
  • 1950s, two hydro plants open.
  • 1979, fish plant opens processing squid and capelin.

Genealogy Information

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