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 good map on the internet showing where Samuel de Champlain actually traveled. So I created one!
It is actually amazing to realize how extensively Samuel de Champlain traveled in these regions from 1603 to 1636, 12 voyages all together… from Nova Scotia to Cape Cod and all the way west to Lake Ontario and Lake Huron!
He also traveled down the Richelieu River to Lake Champlain in July 1609. He first landed on Isle La Motte (now in Vermont) at the North of the lake and then traveled down all the way to either Crown Point or Ticonderoga (historians are not sure), where he fought against the Iroquois, at the end of July 1609.
Later, there were French settlements all along the shores of Lake Champlain and two forts on the New York state side before 1759… but that’s another story!
You can see the full size of the map of Samuel de Champlain’s explorations here.