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Exploring the Coast / Exploration de la côte

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
1. Exploring the Coast / Exploration de la côte Marker
Inscription.  

"...I set out from Ste. Croix on September 2...with twelve sailors and two Indians to serve us as guides to the places with which they were acquainted."
Samuel Champlain Journal, 1604 (translation)

In late summer Pierre Dugua sent a crew, led by Samuel Champlain, to explore the coast. Champlain traveled along the coast of Maine, meeting native peoples, producing detailed maps, and naming places such as Mount Desert Island. Within a month, bad weather and a lack of food forced the crew to turn back.

Did you know? The French always traveled with native people who served as guides and translators.

Samuel Champlain (later honored as de Champlain) was 34 years old in 1604. It is thanks to his journals that we know the story of Saint Croix Island.

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«...ie partis de S. Croix le 2. de Septembre avec ...douze matelots, & deux sauvages pour nous servir de guides aux lieux de leur congoissance.»
Samuel Champlain, Journal, 1604

À la fin de l'été,

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By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
2. Exploring the Coast / Exploration de la côte Marker
Pierre Dugua envoie une équipe, dirigée par Samuel Champlain, pour explorer la côte. Champlain navigue le long du Maine, produisant des cartes détaillées et nommant des endroits, comme l'île du Mont-Désert. En moins d'un mois, la mauvaise température et le peu de vivres forcent l'équipe à rebrousser chemin.

Le saviez-vous? Les Français voyageaient toujours avec des Autochtones, qui leur servaient de guides et d'interprètes.

En 1604, Samuel Champlain (la particule nobiliaire «de» lui a été accordée plus tard) avait 34 ans. Nous connaissons l'histoire de l'île Sainte-Croix grâce à ses journaux.
 
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Location. 45° 7.436′ N, 67° 8.771′ 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. Trapped For The Winter / Prisonniers de l'hiver (a few steps from this marker); Building A Community / Tout à bâtir (within shouting distance of this marker); Lessons Learned / Leçons durement apprises (within shouting distance of this marker);

Statue Complimenting Exploring the Coast / Exploration de la côte Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
3. Statue Complimenting Exploring the Coast / Exploration de la côte Marker
Imagining the Settlement / La colonie telle qu'on l'imagine (within shouting distance of this marker); Strangers Offshore / Étrangers du grand large (within shouting distance of this marker); Settling on Saint Croix Island / Colonisation de l'île Sainte-Croix (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Saint Croix Island International Historic Site / An Enduring Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Croix Island (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Calais.
 
Also see . . .
1. Saint Croix Island International Historic Site. (Submitted on October 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Saint Croix Island International Historic Site Audio Files for Interpretive Trail. (Submitted on October 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Champlain and the Settlement of Acadia 1604-1607. (Submitted on October 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Teaching Champlain and the Settlement of Acadia 1604-1607. (Submitted on October 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Statue Complimenting Exploring the Coast / Exploration de la côte Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
4. Statue Complimenting Exploring the Coast / Exploration de la côte Marker
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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