UMaine map retraces explorer’s steps

Posted Dec. 23, 2008, at 12:41 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:09 a.m.

ORONO, Maine — From 1603 to 1616, French explorer Samuel Champlain traveled throughout the St. Lawrence River valley in search of the elusive Northwest Passage.

Now, to commemorate the 400th anniversaries of Champlain’s founding of QuDebec and naming of Lake Champlain, the Canadian American Center at the University of Maine is releasing a narrative map retracing the famed cartographer’s steps.

The nearly 40 by 60-inch bilingual map, which took a year to create, was developed by Michael Hermann, senior cartographer at UMaine’s Canadian American Center, and Margaret Pearce, assistant professor of geography at Ohio University.

The map is based on Champlain’s published journals and includes excerpts written by the adventurer.