Around the year 1520, a Portuguese explorer named João Álvares Fagundes is believed to have made landfall in the Sable Island.  After his North American exploration, some Portuguese maps commissioned to identify an island off of Nova Scotia as Fagunda, which is the former name of Sable Island.

The Sinister Land

This land has a sinful history as well that involves historical figures. In 1578, Marquis de la Roche became Governor of New France and his territory stretched from Newfoundland to the Hudson Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This politician decided to use Sable Island for certain unpleasant purposes.


Marquis de la Roche brought convicts along with him to settle in New France but they refused to settle there and the group revolted against their leaders. Marquis then devised a plan according to which, he sent convicts to the barren Sable Island with no trees. The convicts did not get back from there instead started using mud and shipwrecked timber to build dwellings and managed to live there.


Even after convicts’ island tenancy, Sable brought another facet. Many other sailors suffered a lot while reaching the location. A total of 350 ships are believed to have sunk in the silence of the ocean that surrounds the Sable Island.

Sand Game

The geography of Sable Island makes such lethal incidents more likely to happen. The shape-shifting island has a plethora of sand surrounding it that creates an offshore bar or sandbar. The waves play a major role in it as the waves move back and forth from the coastline carrying sand along with them.

Deceptive Land

The sandbars result in being devastating to ships as they usually hide beneath the surface of waves and sailors mistake it for the water. The ship wouldn’t necessarily slow down or steer clear of an ensconced sandbar which turns out to be deadly for the sailors sailing the ship.