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Strangers Offshore / Étrangers du grand large

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
1. Strangers Offshore / Étrangers du grand large Marker
Inscription.  

In 1604, this was the land of the Passamaquoddy. In June, several families would have been camped here harvesting fish and shellfish. Nobody knows what the residents thought when a large ship landed at a nearby island. We do know they helped the newcomers and left them in peace.

How would you feel if a huge vehicle full of strangers arrive on your street? Would you welcome them, ignore them, or just watch them?

[Illustration caption reads]
The Passamaquoddy had probably had previous contacts with European fishers and fur traders. However, all contacts had been seasonal. No Europeans had wintered here before.

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En 1604, cette terre appartient aux Pescomodys. En juin, plusieurs familles campent ici, pour y pêcher poissons, mollusques et crustacés. Comment savoir ce qui traverse l'esprit des habitants de la région lorsqu'ils voient un grand navire jeter l'ancre à côté d'une île tout près d'ici? Nous savons toutefois qu'ils vivent en paix avec les nouveaux arrivants et leur viennent
Strangers Offshore / Étrangers du grand large Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
2. Strangers Offshore / Étrangers du grand large Marker
en aide.

Quelle serait votre réaction si un énorme véhicule rempli d'étrangers débarquait dans votre rue? Auriez-vous tendance à les accueillir, à les ignorer ou juste à les regarder?

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Les Pescomodys avaient sans doute déjà eu des contacts avec des pêcheurs et des commerçants de fourrures européens. Il s'agissait d'une présence saisonnière seulement, car aucun Européen n'avait passé l'hiver ici.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 45° 7.437′ N, 67° 8.802′ W. Marker is near Calais, Maine, in Washington County. Marker is on the grounds of Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, along the interpretive trail. 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. Settling on Saint Croix Island / Colonisation de l'île Sainte-Croix (a few steps from this marker); Building A Community / Tout à bâtir (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Saint Croix Island International Historic Site / An Enduring Legacy (a few steps from this marker); Exploring the Coast / Exploration de la côte (within shouting distance of this

Statue Complimenting Strangers Offshore / Étrangers du grand large Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
3. Statue Complimenting Strangers Offshore / Étrangers du grand large Marker
marker); Saint Croix Island (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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Imagining the Settlement / La colonie telle qu'on l'imagine (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Calais.
 
Also see . . .
1. Saint Croix Island International Historic Site. (Submitted on October 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Native Languages of the Americas: Passamaquoddy. (Submitted on October 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Saint Croix Island International Historic Site Audio Files for Interpretive Trail. (Submitted on October 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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