Atlantic Charter National Historic Event

Placentia-Ship Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador
Atlantic Charter (© Expired/Public Domain)
Atlantic Charter
(© Expired/Public Domain)
Address : Ship Harbour, Placentia-Ship Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1973-11-15

Other Name(s):
  • Atlantic Charter  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 1998-21

Importance: Basis for United Nations Charter, issued in 1941


Existing plaque:  Newfoundland and Labrador

In August 1941, during the Second World War, Winston Churchill, prime minister of the United Kingdom, and President Franklin Roosevelt of the United States met aboard U.S.S. AUGUSTA in Placentia Bay to discuss their countries' common goals for peace. Their eight point declaration, known as the Atlantic Charter. was issued on August 14. It affirmed the rights of political self-determination, security and economic development for all peoples. These principles were endorsed by the 26 Allied powers in 1942 and after the war became a basis for the United Nations Charter.