The Invisibles: A History of the Royal Newfoundland Companies

Author: James E. Candow
Genre: Non-Fiction
Format: paperback
Pages: 238
Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 × 1 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: November 2, 2019
ISBN: 9781550817959

During the tumultuous and often violent election riots of 1861, members of the Royal Newfoundland Companies opened fire on a crowd of rioters, killing three and wounding several others. In the sobering aftermath, a compromise evolved that would shape Newfoundland politics and society into the twentieth century.

In The Invisibles, James E. Candow provides the fascinating backstory of the Royal Newfoundland Companies while enhancing our understanding of the role they played in Newfoundland history and the lives of our communities. This is an important, often overlooked, chapter in the British Military’s involvement in the colony at a time when Newfoundlanders fervently sought to become masters of their own fate—expertly told in Candow’s engaging and vivid prose.


“Candow knows how to grab our attention. He also knows what to do when he has it: make his argument and present his evidence. We get intrigued, and then informed — in this case, about the Royal Newfoundland Companies… Candow’s prose is learned, accessible and not dry, but descriptive and wryly perceptive. He populates the text with vivid, conflicted characters; it’s a brisk read. The appendices include the compositions and commanding officers of the Royal Newfoundland Companies and military plans (with charts); there are endnotes, a bibliography and an index. The Invisibles fills a real gap in Newfoundland’s 19th Century military and political history, and story.” – Joan Sullivan, The Telegram

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