After Newfoundland was discovered, Europeans came
to fish for cod on the banks off northeastern North America, where
there was an abundance of fish.
wo types of fishery
developed: the dry fishery on the coast and the green fishery at
sea on Newfoundland's Grand Bank.
Despite many obstacles, fishing stations then colonies gradually
emerged in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These early
settlements ran counter to the freedom to fish. The presence of
fishermen, and later settlers, posed a real threat to the Native
people living in coastal areas. The Beothuk nation disappeared
in the early nineteenth century.