Cape St. John

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Cape St. John is located in Newfoundland
Cape St. John
Cape St. John
Location of Cape St. John in Newfoundland

Cape St. John is a headland located on the east coast of the island of Newfoundland in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Cape St. John forms the northeastern point of the Baie Verte Peninsula and has a high prominent peak with steep cliffs rising to an elevation of 74m that are reddish in colour. The nearest community to Cape St. John is La Scie.

The Treaty of Versailles (1793) ended the French fishing rights between Cape Bonavista and Pointe Riche and a new one was drawn up that included the coastal areas from Cape St. John to Cape Ray. In 1894, the coast between these two capes was divided into eight districts with a fishery warden appointed to each district. In 1904 with the signing of the Anglo-French Convention the land and territorial waters of the French Shore was ceded back to the government of Newfoundland.

In 1867 the Queen of Swansea ran ashore on Gull Island and in 1884 the Newfoundland government built the Gull Island-Cape St. John lighthouse on the highest point of land on Gull Island.

NOTE: There is also a Cape St John on the Argentinian island Staten Island. Isla de los Estados (English: Staten Island, from the Dutch Stateneiland) is an Argentine island that lies 29 kilometres (18 mi) off the eastern extremity of the Argentine portion of Tierra del Fuego, from which it is separated by the Le Maire Strait. It was named for the Netherlands States-General, and its original Dutch name was identical to that of the New York borough of Staten Island.

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Coordinates: 50°00′00″N 55°30′38″W / 50.00000°N 55.51056°W / 50.00000; -55.51056