Mystery shipwreck washes ashore in Newfoundland

Q: The people of Cape Ray are trying to solve the mystery of a 19th-century wooden shipwreck that recently washed ashore near their tiny community on Newfoundland. Where is Newfoundland, a large island at Canada’s easternmost point?

Circle the area on this map

Q: There have probably been thousands of shipwrecks off the coast Newfoundland over the last 500 years. Indigenous people lived on the island for thousands of years. Who were the first Europeans to live there?

A. English

B. French

C. Irish

D. Norsemen

Q: About 500 years later, Europeans began visiting the island and its rich fishing grounds. In 1583, which European nation claimed Newfoundland as its first overseas colony?

A. England

B. France

C. Netherlands

D. Portugal

Q: Newfoundland and the coastal region on the mainland called Labrador make up the easternmost and newest province in Canada. It joined the Canadian Confederation after which war?

A. American Revolution

B. War of 1812

C. World War I

D. World War II

Q: Some people in Cape Ray wonder if the old ship that washed ashore may have carried some of their ancestors to the island. What is the largest ethnic group in the province?

A. English

B. French

C. Irish

D. Scots

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