Watercolour on ivory miniature Portrait of Demasduit (Mary March), by Lady Henrietta Hamilton, 1819
Demasduit (c. 1796 – January 8, 1820) was a Beothuk woman, one of the last of her people on the island of Newfoundland, Canada. She was born near the end of the 18th century. The Beothuk were openly hostile to Europeans, and violent conflict between the two groups was common. The conflicts usually took more Beothuks than Europeans, which led to their decline. These new settlers also had taken up residence in the coastal areas, which hindered the Beothuks’ access to food resources near the coast.