Canoeing the King’s Waterways

I recently read a fascinating French book which I would recommend to anyone interested in early colonial history of the US, or should I say “French America”. The author: Jean Raspail, a renowned French writer, journalist and also explorer. The French title: “En Canot Sur les Chemins D’Eau Du Roi: Une Aventure En Amérique (Le…

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Map of Champlain’s Travels

2008 and 2009 have been all about celebrating Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of New France, first with the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City in 2008 and then the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Lake Champlain in 2009. Being involved in these celebrations in different ways, I noticed that there was no…

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Lake Champlain’s Old Maps

I have a particular interest for old maps from the Lake Champlain Region, as I research the part of its history when it was part of New France. That explains that I am often on line searching for additional maps of the region. In my quest I recently discovered this map in a Wikipedia article….

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High Resolution Maps from Library of Congress

Every week seems to bring some special discovery and joy to the amateur researcher I am. This week is was the discovery of the way to download and view high resolution images (old historical maps) from the Library of Congress website. The maps database can be accessed at: Map Collections. Zooming in on these high…

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