Cupids, or Cupers Cove, was first settled in 1610 by the London and Bristol Company.

Drawing by J.W. Nichols. From D.W. Prowse, A History of Newfoundland from the English, Colonial and Foreign Records (London: Macmillan, 1895) 97.

John Mason compiled the information for his map during his time as governor of Cupids Cove. Like many maps of the period, it was printed with north at the bottom (courtesy Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries).

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.”

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