Champlain’s Island: An Expanded Edition of Ste. Croix (Dochet) Island
William Francis Ganong
The New Brunswick Museum
In 1604, a small band of intrepid French explorers, led by Pierre du Gua, Sieur de Monts, came to shore on a small island in the middle of the Ste. Croix River between modern-day Maine and New Brunswick. This marked the first French settlement in New France. From this island base, expedition member Samuel de Champlain explored and charted much of the Atlantic coast as far as Cape Cod. This book tells the history of the island from this first, ultimately unsuccessful, habitation to the beginning of the 20th century, including the natural history of the island, the continual border disputes between Canada and the United States, and modern history to 1902.
William Francis Ganong was the son of one of the famous chocolate makers in St. Stephen. This Alexander Graham Bell of natural history devoted his life to studying his native province and worked as a botanist and cartographer.
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