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Cupids cannon site found in Canada
Sat, 16 Oct 2010 18:31:36 GMT
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Cupids Harbor
Archeologists have unearthed the remains of a 400-year-old cannon site built to defend Cupids, a 17th-century colony known as Canada's earliest English settlement.

The cannon was found during excavations in the historic Conception Bay village, The Vancouver Sun reported.

Cupids started developing defense systems in 1612 after "piracy posed a real threat to the fledgling colony," head of the archeology team Bill Gilbert said.

The rocky remnants of the gun base, which were part of the fortification improvements to protect Cupids, were found on September 27, 2010.

"There were no great riches in Newfoundland to attract pirates, but there were lots of skilled seamen, ships and supplies that came over every year as part of the seasonal migratory cod fishery," explained Gilbert.

"Also, there were plenty of good harbors well away from the reach of English or other European authorities, where [the pirates] could rest and repair their vessels."

There are very few archeological sites which have yielded evidence of older English presence in North America than that of Cupids.

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