Ferryland - Newfoundland and Labrador
Coordinates: 47.0215° N, 52.8896° W
While there is some disagreement over the origin
of the name, early French fishermen referred to
the area as Forillon which meant "standing out
of separated from the mainland", this evolved to
become Ferryland. Colony of Avalon: Name was
chosen in honour of old Avalon in Somersetshire,
England where Christianity is believed to have
taken root in the UK.
English settlers predominated in the early 17th
century, later to be followed by Irish Catholics
in the 18th and 19th century.
- 1500s, Spanish, Portuguese, French and English
fishermen begin visiting the area on an annual
- 1621, twelve colonists under the direction of Captain Edward
Wynne begin construction at the
Colony of Avalon.
- 1628, Lord Baltimore
(George Calvert) arrives to oversee the colony
and brings with him 2 priests to establish the
first English speaking Catholic mission in the
British Territories of North America.
- 1629, Lord Baltimore leaves to found Maryland
at Chesapeake Bay.
- 1637, Charles I awards the Grant of
Newfoundland to Sir David Kirke, who soon
becomes the first fish merchant of Newfoundland.
- 1865, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church is
built. It is one of the last old stone churches
to be built in Newfoundland.
- 1871, Ferryland Head lighthouse is built.