A handful of small, windswept islands a dozen miles off the coast of Newfoundland are virtually all that remain of the French colonial empire in the New World. These islands, where colorful houses fill the port towns and directions are given using nicknames rather than street names, had a surprisingly shady hand in the bootleg booze business.
Explored by Europeans in the early 16th century but sparsely populated until the mid-18th century, control and ownership of these islands repeatedly flipped back and forth between the United Kingdom and France until 1815, when hostilities between the…
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