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Samuel de Champlain’s 1605 Exploration of Cape Cod


Digging Into the Past

“A Very Fine Place if the Harbor Were Good”

Samuel de Champlain’s 1605 Exploration of Cape Cod


Historian Bill Burke


Saturday April 1, 2017 at 1pm

 Free with Museum Admission

While French explorer Samuel de Champlain may be most widely known as the “Father of New France” (Canada), he left the earliest detailed description of Cape Cod during his 1605 exploration of the New England coast from Acadia to the Cape.  Champlain left vivid descriptions of the land, its native peoples, and the plants and animals he encountered but do they correspond with the Contact Period archeological record of the Nauset Archeological District?  And his remarkable map of Nauset Marsh in present-day Eastham is stunning in its detail, but does it leave us with more questions than answers?  Join Park Historian Bill Burke as he takes the audience on an illustrated journey going back 400 years to take a closer look at Champlain’s maps and travel journal and discuss the possible answers to these fascinating questions.

Bill Burke is the Historian for Cape Cod National Seashore and he helps to preserve the Seashore's exciting collection of museum objects, historic buildings, special landscapes and archeology sites.

 For more information please call the Museum at 508-896-3867 ext. 133.


  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM