Originally published in 1895, A History of Newfoundland is recognised as one of the best histories to be written during the colonial era. It is also regarded for being the most definitive history of Newfoundland and Labrador. Within its pages, Prowse imparts a passion for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, and a knack for telling a good story. The book remains a standard reference book for history buffs, academics, and genealogists. Meticulously researched, it includes hundreds of illustrations and copies of original letters gleaned from European archives. An extensive history of the French islands of St Pierre and Miquelon is also included. Leslie Harris, president of Memorial University of Newfoundland 1981-1990, provides an insightful foreword.
Daniel Woodley Prowse (1934-1914) was a native of Port de Grave, Newfoundland. A lawyer, politician, judge and author, Prowse was, above all, passionately devoted to public service. He wrote the highly regarded Justices Manual for magisterial guidance in Newfoundland, and promoted improvements to public health and government services. Prowse was one of the best known writers of his time in Newfoundland, writing for numerous local and international publications. His classic work, A History of Newfoundland, remains the most comprehensive history of the colony ever written.