In 1610, John Guy brought 39 men from England to Cupids, then Cuper's Cove, and founded the first English colony in Canada. The purpose was to secure the fishing trade, and Guy went back to England in 1611 to return with female settlers and livestock. The colony was threatened by the pirate Peter Easton many times, but they managed to make it work.
In 1612, Guy built a ship and embarked on an expedition to Trinity Bay in an attempt to establish a fur trade with the Beothuks. In November 1612, they were successful in sharing a meal and exchanging gifts with the indigenous people. After all of his progress in Newfoundland, Guy returned to England in 1613 and became a Member of Parliament, promoting the cause of English settlement on the island.
So, the Cupids Cove Plantation that we visited encompasses a small house and archaeological dig, located at John Guy's settlement.
Our tour guide took us outside where we met one of the archaeologists on site and she showed us a couple of things that she had found the day before - and she let us touch them! This is a 17th century pipe stem:
The rest of the weekend was spent with Elizabeth's family in Ocean Pond, where we spent lots of time playing games and going swimming, among other things. This was the first time that everyone had been together in a while and it was a lot of fun.