Champlain's map of Saco Bay and the Saco River, 1605

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Champlain's map of Saco Bay and the Saco River, 1605

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Samuel de Champlain's map of Saco Bay, the Saco River, and surrounding area. The numbers in the water are depth soundings in fathoms. The letters describe the topographical features as well as general information about the native population. Many of the items described on the map are spelled phonetically, including the name of the Wabanaki river name translated into a French version - "Chouacoit". This is especially important because it is one of the few detailed descriptions of where and how the native people lived and farmed along the Saco River.

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About This Item

  • Title: Champlain's map of Saco Bay and the Saco River, 1605
  • Creator: Champlain, Samuel
  • Creation Date: circa 1950
  • Subject Date: 1605
  • Local Name: Saco River
  • Town: Biddeford, Saco
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 33.5 cm x 28 cm
  • Local Code: mcamap.0036
  • Collection: Special Collections
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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