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Incorporated 1950
Population in 1991 was 3608

Wabana is the largest community on Bell Island . The history of Wabana is closely tied to the development of the mines. As early as 1578, Anthony Parkhurst noted the presence of iron ore on Bell Island. In 1612, investor Percival Willoughby was informed by Henry Crout that, "the like land is not in Newfoundland for good earth and great hope of Irone stone" (Cell). Willoughby attempted, unsuccessfully, to gain ownership of the island. There appears to have been some attempt at mining the ore c.1819; Lewis Anspach noted a mine at Back Cove, but gave no details.



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