Petite France: W5
Catalogue Number: CTV759
Subject: Archaeology, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Canadian World Studies, Documentary, Science, Social Studies, Travel, World History
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2018
Running Time: 20
Closed Captions: Yes
Fortune, Newfoundland (population 1,458) is a sleepy maritime town on the southeastern boundary of the bay that shares its name. The former fishing hub is the site of an unlikely border crossing - into Europe. Just 30 km across Fortune Bay sits a little-known bit of France in North America: The 6,000 person archipelago Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.
Memorial University of Newfoundland archaeology professor Dr. Catherine Losier has spent several summers on Saint-Pierre and has shed light onto how fishermen from hundreds of years ago lived, when the area was something of an international hub. When France was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1940, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon became the unlikely target of a Second World War invasion.
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