Red Bay Whaling Station, Newfoundland (11/65)

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Subjects: Canadian Geography, Canadian History, First Nations Studies

Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Good Earth Productions
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

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In the mid-1500s, the first large scale industrial complex in the New World was located on the south coast of Labrador. Basque whalers had come from Europe to bring back liquid gold - Whale Oil. The history of this entrepreneurial adventure was barely known until 400 years later when a curious, relentless historian named Dr. Selma Barkham discovered archival documents in Spain that told of the Basque presence in “Terra Neuva”. Her passion for the Basques led to the archaeological exploration of Red Bay, and the uncovering of a vast amount of artifacts, including one of the best-preserved shipwrecks from the time.