In 1940 the United States leased most of the small peninsula for a naval base. Argentia residents were resettled in nearby communities. The construction of the base created work for up to 15 000 Newfoundlanders and the base served the largest US task force in the Atlantic, 12 403 personnel in 1943. Near this base, in Placentia Bay, US President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill met aboard the USS Augusta to negotiate the historic Atlantic Charter in 1941. The base was gradually scaled down beginning in the mid 1950s, with the last facility being decommissioned in 1994. A small American undersea surveillance facility remains.
Argentia is now part of the town of PLACENTIA and the site is managed by the Argentia Management Authority as an industrial park and deep-water port. A seasonal ferry terminal of Marine Atlantic is also located here. Argentia is Canada's foggiest place - with 206 days of fog per year - and one of the foggiest places in the world.
Author J.E.M. PITT AND R.D. PITT
Links to Other Sites
Argentia Management Authority Inc.
Click on the various links for information about commercial activities and resources located at Agentia, NL.
Castle Hill National Historic Site of Canada
This Parks Canada site is dedicated to the Castle Hill National Historic Site in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. Includes an interesting commentary about the Treaty of Utrecht and British and French territorial disputes in North America.
The website for the Town of Placentia, the former French capital of Newfoundland.
Francophones of Newfoundland and Labrador
Search for or browse topics and locations at this extensively illustrated online exhibit that explores the enduring legacy of early French settlers and fishers in Newfoundland and Labrador. Features many historic images of the Placentia region. From the Virtual Museum of Canada.
This site chronicles the development of the World War II military base in the Argentia region. From the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce
The website for the Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce (APCC), formerly the Maritime Board of Trade. Formed in 1896, this organization promotes and supports business and economic development in Atlantic Canada. Click on "Chambers" for links to local Chambers of Commerce.
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