Newfoundland "only" became part of Canada on March 31, 1949.
What was the geopolitical status of Newfoundland prior to its annexation to Canada (or however it fused with the rest of Canada, if "annexation" is the improper word here)?
I've read the Wiki page (linked above), yet I'm still a little confused with regards to the various different statuses N&L had before merging with Canada. I gather it was a completely different autonomous region completely distinct and separate from Canada.
Can anyone point to political maps from prior to 1949? How were Newfoundland and Labrador labeled? Er, at least to demarcate and differentiate them from the rest of Canada?