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Little Bell Island

A small, uninhabited island in Conception Bay, south of Bell Island. The island was inhabited c.1700 at a time when fishermen moved to islands in Conception Bay in order to defend their premises more easily against the French. The earliest known inhabitant was one John Earle, an Englishman who successfully fought off a French attack on the island in 1696. Ten years later there were three masters recorded there, named Butler, Garland and Vardor. The French are said to have captured the island in 1708 and hanged several of its defenders.

 

 

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Updated By: Ivy F. Benoit June 16, 2002

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