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  1. njlindquist
    April 25, 2009

    Sounds interesting. I always though Champlain sounded like a cool person and not your run of the mill explorer looking for glory.


  2. Sheila Davidson
    April 25, 2009

    How interesting, Joanna!
    Tim and I walked past the statua of Samuel de Champlain just this morning – he stands in the centre of Queen’s Square in downtown Saint John, his right arm outstretched, finger pointing determinedly toward the harbour. And as I passed, I said to him, “Yes, that’s where we’re going” – because it was, in fact. 🙂
    Good review – I’ll keep an eye out for the book.
    Have a lovely day,
    – Sheila


  3. joannamallory
    April 25, 2009

    NJ, part of the book looks at three trips Champlain and company took along the same section of the Atlantic coast. Each time had a different leader. The only trip that seemed successful was the one where he was in charge. He took time to communicate with the native people they met. The other leaders seemed threatened, it showed, and at times there were hostilities.

    Sheila, I’m glad to know it’s not just me who talks to inanimate objects…. The interesting thing is, nobody knows what Champlain looked like so these statues may bear him no resemblance at all.

    You should be able to get the book from the public library.


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