El reverendo anglicano  Clayton Billard ha iniciado en el diario Gulf News de Port aux Basques en Canadá una columna en la que habla de la historia de esta población de Terranova. Entre sus primeras aportaciones, dedica dos a asuntos relacionados directamente con la presencia vasca en esa zona de Norteamérica.

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Una de ellas dedicada a la toponimia y la otra a los primeros visitantes europeos: los vascos.. Que llegaron tras las ballenas y el bacalao. Una presencia que ha tenido tal importancia que los restos de la estación ballenera vasca en Red Bay acaba de ser declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO.

 

Gulf News – 28/10/2013 – Canadá

Twin Towns History – Unique weather and strange names

Channel and Port aux Basques, being situated in Newfoundland, has a Maritime Climate that produces very changeable weather patterns and below normal cold temperatures. Captain Hayes, of the Sir Humphrey Gilbert expedition of 1583, claimed that the climate of the Isle was “more colde than in countries of Europe”

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Gulf News – 4/11/2013 – Canadá

Twin Towns History – Early visitors, the Basques

Among those early visitors were fisherman from the Channel Islands and whalers from the Basque country. The Channel Islanders were after the codfish. The Basque were after the fish oil rendered from whales, seals and sea lions (walrus). The mammal oil was used for cooking and lighting. The walrus tusks were also ground into powder and used for medicinal purposes, especially the stoppage of urine in men.

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