European Settlement in Maine: St. Croix Island

Below is a photograph of a copy of a Map from French explorer Samuel de Champlain. He was a cartographer, or mapmaker, who was confident that he could start a colony based on fur trade with local native tribes on the border of present day Maine and New Brunswick. In the spring of 1604, Champlain and over seventy other men traveled from France in order to start this colony on an island in the St. Croix river.
The experiences on St. Croix Island taught the French a great deal about the "New World" environment and about the native peoples. The information gained served as a launch pad for further exploration, which resulted in a more successful venture at Port Royal. Below is a copy of Champlain's map of this colony. Use the "Samuel de Champlain Sails for France" article to respond to the questions below and submit an essay about the experience of these settlers.

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Grade 2
Appleton Village School
Appleton, ME

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