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The Boston Globe has an interesting piece about Champlain’s voyages to New England and the Cape Cod shore at least fifteen years earlier than the Pilgrims. As Quebec gets ready to celebrate the 400th anniversary of its founding by Samuel de Champlain, the author states: ”... Indeed, if a few things had turned out differently, we might all be bundled up in scarves and hats bearing the fleur-de-lys insignia of the New France Patriots…”

By 1620, when the Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower, Champlain had accomplished nearly everything for which he is famous. He had crisscrossed the Atlantic dozens of times (29 times before his death in 1635), he had penetrated deeply into the hinterland, and he had glimpsed—and named—most of the harbors, rivers, and capes that we rediscover every weekend of the summer. It is startling to return to his maps, and see the familiar contours of Cape Cod, Cape Ann, and Boston Harbor, all included as part of an American region that was anything but “New England.”

A stone memorial in Chatham at Stage Harbor, commemorates Champlain’s landing in that town.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 03/09/08
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