Renews is a small fishing village on the south coast of Newfoundland. According to legend, the Mayflower anchored here in 1620 to load water and supplies before traveling to Plymouth.
We drive on to Portugal Cove in the south of the peninsula to the wide open space of the tundra.
Between 1500 and 1700 the area around St. Stephen’s – Peter’s River at the east entrance of St. Mary’s Bay was frequently visited by French and Portuguese fishermen.
We drive through a beautiful landscape where the streams are so blue that it looks nearly kitschy. As we can see in the Cataracts Provincial Park, it is because they are black-water Rivers in which the sky is particularly reflected.
We finally reach Castle Hill. Here you have the best panoramic view of Placentia. The place was founded by Basque fishermen in the 16th Century. In the Castle Hill National Historic Site you can see the remains of French and English fortifications from the 17th and 18th centuries.
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