Though the climate is better at the head, the 2 principal settlements, Branch and St Vincent's, are towards the bay's mouth, nearer the fine Atlantic fishing grounds. The bay was a traditional French fishing ground until the Treaty of UTRECHT 1713, after which the coasts were gradually settled by English and Irish. With good forests in the N, the bay saw logging operations in addition to the fishery and some fur trapping. Today the primary occupation of the sparsely populated bay is still fishing.
Author ROBERT D. PITT
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Branch, St Mary's The Capes
Click on the image to view more photos of Branch, a community in the scenic St Mary's Bay region of Newfoundland and Labrador. From the website for Stone Island Photography.