Dan Duda:  Maps of Newfoundland: A National Topic?

Early maps of Newfoundland often show the island in relation to Canada, North America and/or the North Atlantic. And often, the focus is not the island, but what the island is near – the Grand Banks. Thus, what’s eye-catching are those maps that only show the island. Besides this context, J. B. Harley’s 1989 article “Deconstructing the Map” argues that all maps have an underlying political, or power, message. Four maps of Newfoundland that only show the island – Mason’s map (c1620), Cook’s map (1775), Cormack’s map (1824), and Howley’s map (1907) – will be discussed in the light of Harley’s argument.