Fish Out of Water: The Newfoundland Saltfish Trade 1814-1914

Fish Out of Water: The Newfoundland Saltfish Trade 1814-1914

by Shannon Ryan


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Fish Out of Water: The Newfoundland Saltfish Trade 1814-1914 by Shannon Ryan

Shannon Ryan was bo and received his early education in Riverhead, Harbor Grace. He has studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland (BA (Ed.), BA, MA), the University of London (Ph.D.) and the University of Oslo. He worked for some time as a schoolteacher in Canada and is presently Associate professor of History at Memorial University. His areas of research and publication are Newfoundland fisheries history and Newfoundland oral history. By 1814 the community of Newfoundland had become the beneficiary of a major British economic enterprise-the salt fish industry. Recognition of Newfoundland's status as a crown colony soon to follow and with the granting of responsible gove ment by the mother country in 1855 Newfoundland's political status was among the most advanced in the Empire. However the colony's salt fish trade continued to operate within the network established and maintained by Great Britain and it became increasingly evident that political independence was not to be accompanied by commercial independence. Newfoundland's history during the period from 1814 to 1914 is an important part of the history of North Atlantic Commerce in general and British Commerce in particular. It is also the story of the colony's efforts to grow politically and culturally in the context of the commercial realities of its saltfish trade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780919519909
Publisher: Breakwater Books Ltd.
Publication date: 04/01/1986
Series: Newfoundland History Series
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Shannon Ryan was born in Riverhead, Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1941 where he received his early schooling. He began teaching in 1956 and by 1968 had taught and/or served as school principal for nine years in Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories and had received a B.A. (Education) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Ryan received a B. A. and M.A. (History) from MUN during the following three years and was hired by MUN in 1971, retiring as professor of history in August 2006. He received his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1982.

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