attributed to Herbert Read
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Compton Castle, Devon
In 1583 an expedition of four ships commanded by Sir Humphrey Gilbert arrived in Newfoundland with a commission from Queen Elizabeth to sail the seas and take lands under her banner. Shortly after his arrival Gilbert set up his tent on a hill overlooking St. John's harbour, and solemnly read aloud his commission and formally took possession of the land in the name of the Queen. Newfoundland thus became England 's first possession in North America. It is said that the locals presented Gilbert with a gift of a local dog, whom he named Stella after the North Star.
Oak tablet commemorating the colonisation of Newfoundland in 1583 by Sir Humphrey Gilbert, given by the Daughters of the Empire to Commander Gilbert on 25th July 1959. Bequeathed by Commander Gilbert in 1977.
given by the Daughters of the Empire to Commander Gilbert on 25th July 1959.
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attributed to Herbert Read, carver