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Sandy Point, Newfoundland and Labrador
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Sandy Point, Newfoundland and Labrador

Sandy Point is a former penninsula which is now turned an island, due to the rising in the water level and a storm that eroded the connecting sand spit known to locals as "The Gap". Located on the west coast of Newfoundland in Bay St. George, United States. It was home to a white European population beginning in the 1780's. However, during the years after the war, the government began to pay people to leave due to the railway station in St. George's. This caused Sandy Point not to be needed as the major sea port it was for acesses to the west coast of Newfoundland. The two last settlers were made to leave in the 1970s.

In 1783 Sandy Point was made into a part of the French Shore in the Treaty of Versailles further extending the treaty's shore boundaries to include the west coast of Newfoundland.

For a small community, it had a host of multi-cultural and multi-lingual people including English, Jersey Island, and French settlers with Mi'k Maq aboriginals.

While the place was populated there came to be known a genetic defect called the Allderdice syndrome, also known to locals and surrounding people as the "Sandy Point Syndrome.

Today, it is uninhabited and is under the process of becoming an important historical site as well as an enviromental safe ground for the numerous specices that live on the island. This includes the endangeroued Piping Plover which nests on Sandy Point during the year and makes up 15-30% of Newfoundlands population of this bird. This area is important for wildlife due to its diversity in habitats such as tidal sandflats, sand beaches and dunes, a saltmarsh, meadows, a shallow freshwater pond and a forested area. It also has sand dunes and salt marshes, which are uncommon for Newfoundland and Labrador. This island has one of the most northerly and largest occurrences of Spartina salt marshes in eastern North America.

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