Jour de Noël

Jour de Noël. Dehors une fine neige tombe. Elle est enfin arrivée. On l’espérait. Un Noël sans neige, ce n’est pas vraiment un Noël. Peu à peu, elle couvre le sol de sa blancheur. Dans un coin de la pièce, le sapin, qui vient d’être cueilli, semble trop grand pour la pièce. Et il est…

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Engraved Powder Horns – Part 4

The enlarged images can be viewed in a slideshow by clicking the first image and then clicking the “next” button. See the biography of the watercolorist Rufus Alexander Grider after the images. A few months ago an old article on powder horns alerted me to the work of the watercolorist Rufus Alexander Grider. He must…

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Lake Champlain… French?

Are you surprised by the question? Well, actually Lake Champlain was part of New France for more than 150 years, from 1609 to 1759. But that part of its history tends to be forgotten. And it makes sense why. “Losers” are often forgotten in history, and definitely the presence of French people in this region…

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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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Hidden Secrets in Google Satellite Maps

Did you ever think that the Google satellite images could reveal something extraordinary to the archeologists? Well, you must have heard that cultivated fields could show the shape of foundations under ground… A few weeks ago, in a report on archeology work conducted at fort Sainte-Thérèse, I came across this aerial 1941 photo highlighting the…

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