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contributed by Arnaud Leroy 12 December 2005
Source: Town hall
From the town website:
The name Spaniard's Bay derived from the fishermen of Jersey who came to fish our shores from the Channel Islands around the turn of the 15th century. In 1585, Sir Bernard Drake carried out an extensive attack on Spanish ships in Newfoundland being careful to avoid Spanish centers like Placentia and the Strait of Belle Isle. The Spanish cod-fishing industry never completely recovered. The French records show reports of Spanish fishermen north of Bonavista after the 1660s. By this time, France was dominant in the fishery and England was its only serious rival.
Phil Nelson, 26 December 2005