Cuper’s Cove, Newfoundland (now Cupids) was England’s first attempt at organized colonization in Canada and the second plantation in North America (Jamestown, Virginia being the first in 1607). One of the first settlers in John Guy’s colony at Cuper’s Cove was Thomas Willoughby. He was the black sheep of his family and at age nineteen, he was sent along with his guardian Henry Crout to Cuper’s Cove to “reform himself.”
Between September 1, 1612 and May 13, 1613 Henry Crout kept a journal while on Cupids colony. Although his entries deal mostly with weather conditions, Crout also recorded important events including the cutting of a trail from Conception Bay to Trinity Bay and the voyage of the Indeavour into Trinity Bay.
To commemorate the 400 anniversary of Henry Crout’s journal, the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation has been posting each entry from Crout’s journal on the 400 anniversary of the day it was written.
You can find the journal entries to date at Baccalieudigs. Click on Henry Crout’s Journal icon at the bottom of the page to access his entries. A new entry will be posted each day until May 13, 2013.
Visit The Canadian Encyclopedia for more on Canada’s first English settlement at Cuper’s Cove.