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Welcome to Saint Croix Island International Historic Site / An Enduring Legacy

Bienvenue au lieu historique international de l'île-Sainte-Croix / Un précieux héritage

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
1. Welcome to Saint Croix Island International Historic Site Marker
Inscription.  

Share the dramatic story of Saint Croix Island. In 1604, over a hundred artisans, soldiers, and gentlemen sailed here from France in a bold attempt to establish a European colony north of Florida. They built a settlement on an island offshore and came here, where you now stand, to hunt and garden.

On this trail, walk in the footsteps of these adventurers and discover one of the earliest European settlements in North America.

Although European settlement was just beginning in 1604, native peoples had lived here for thousands of years. The Saint Croix Island area was home to the ancestors of the Passamaquoddy people who still live in Maine today. They wish you "Tan Kahk" (Welcome).

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The 1604-05 colony on Saint Croix Island is important to both the United States and Canada as one of the earliest European settlements in North America north of Florida.

From Saint Croix Island—and the hard lessons learned here—grew Acadia, New France and an enduring French presence on this continent.

Saint

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By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
2. An Enduring Legacy Marker
Croix Island... the beginning of a lasting French presence in North America.
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Revivez l'histoire dramatique de l'île Sainte-Croix. Animés par le projet audacieux d'établir une colonie européenne au nord de la Floride, plus d'une centaine d'artisans, de soldats et de gentilshommes quittent la France en 1604. Après la longue traversée en voilier, ils s'installent dans une île au large des côtes et viennent ici même chasser le gibier et cultiver la terre.

Suivez sur ce sentier les traces des ces gens en quête d'aventure et découvrez l'un des premiers établissements européens en Amérique du Nord.

1604 marque le début de la colonisation européenne de l'île, mais les Autochtones y étaient installés depuis des millénaires. La région de l'île Sainte-Croix abritait les ancêtres des Pescomodys, un peuple tourjours présent au Maine et qui tient à vous souhaiter « Tan Kahk » (la bienvenue).

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La colonie de l'île Sainte-Croix en 1604-1605 est d'une grande importance, tant pour les États-Unis que pour le Canada. En effet, il s'agit de l'un
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
3. Welcome to Saint Croix Island International Historic Site / An Enduring Legacy Marker
des premiers peuplements européens de l'Amérique du Nord au nord de la Floride.

L'île Sainte-Croix — et les dures leçons apprises à cet endroit — sont à l'origine de l'Acadie, de la Nouvelle-France et de la présence française que se perpétue sur ce continent.

L'île Sainte-Croix... le début d'une présence française permanente en Amérique du Nord.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 45° 7.439′ N, 67° 8.814′ W. Marker is near Calais, Maine, in Washington County. Marker is on the grounds of Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, near the Visitor Center parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 84 Saint Croix Drive, Calais ME 04619, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Strangers Offshore / Étrangers du grand large (a few steps from this marker); Settling on Saint Croix Island / Colonisation de l'île Sainte-Croix (a few steps from this marker); Saint Croix Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Building A Community / Tout à bâtir (within shouting distance of this marker); Exploring the Coast / Exploration de la côte (within shouting distance of this marker); Trapped For The Winter / Prisonniers de l'hiver (within shouting distance of this marker); Lessons Learned / Leçons durement apprises (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Imagining the Settlement / La colonie telle qu'on l'imagine (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Calais.
 
Also see . . .  Saint Croix Island International Historic Site. (Submitted on October 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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