The Makers of Canada: Champlain eBook

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In concluding this chapter we may repeat the words of Champlain:  “May God by His grace cause this undertaking to prosper to His honour and glory the conversion of these poor benighted ones, and to the honour and welfare of France."[16]


[13] Jean Godet, Sieur du Parc, was a brother of Claude des Marets.  He came with his brother to Quebec in 1609, and wintered there.  In 1616 he commanded at Quebec.  On his return to France, he remained at St. Germain de Clairefeuille, where he died on November 16th, 1652.

[14] This volume is entitled:  Les Voyages du Sieur de Champlain Xaintongeois, capitaine pour le Roy, en la marine.... A Paris, MDCXIII.  This volume contains a letter to the king, another one to the queen, stanzas addressed to the French, an ode to Champlain on his book and his marine maps, signed by Motin.  The first book contains the voyages of Champlain along the coasts of Acadia and New England.  The second relates to the voyages of Champlain to Quebec, in the years 1608, 1610 and 1611.  This edition is the most useful and the most interesting of all.  Two large maps of New France give an excellent idea of the country, though they are not absolutely accurate.

[15] In August, 1867, a farmer called Overman, found on his land, lot 12, township of Ross, county of Renfrew, Ontario, an astrolabe supposed to have been lost by Champlain during this expedition.  From June 6th, 1613, Champlain seems to have ceased his observations, as he does not say after this date:  “I have taken the latitude.”  This fact would seem to prove that the instrument was not used after June 6th, 1613.  Some pamphlets have been written on the astrolabe, and they all agree that it had belonged to Champlain.  Mr. Russell, one of the writers, has given a full description of it.

[16] Quatrieme voyage du Sr. de Champlain, capitaine ordinaire pour le Roy en la Marine, et Lieutenant de Monseigneur le Prince de Conde en la Nouvelle France, fait en l’annee 1613. This Relation contains a letter to Henri de Conde, and a geographical map, made in 1612, of a large size and very curious.  The history of this voyage is really a part of the so-called edition of 1613, and the printing of it was done at the same time as the Relations of the first, second and third voyages, which form altogether a large volume of three hundred and twenty-five pages.



Champlain’s affection for New France, the land of his adoption, made him anxious to continue his explorations, in order that he might become familiar with every locality.  In the course of his voyages he often had to be conveyed in Indian canoes, especially on the lakes and rivers, but this means was sufficient only when his object was to ascertain whether the country was well watered, whether the rivers were more

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