The French Along the Northeast Coast at Contact

Author(s): Francis McManamon

Year: 2007


From 1604 to 1607, a French expedition explored the southeastern Canadian and New England coasts, ranging as far south as Cape Cod. During this time, the Frenchmen encountered many Native people throughout the region. Some of the interactions were peaceful, others were violent. The first winter base for this expedition is now within the boundary of Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, a unit of the National Park system. One of the Native American settlements that was visited is located within the present boundaries of Cape Cod National Seashore. Archeological data, written accounts, drawings, and maps from the French reports of the exploration provide a wealth of information about the Native people, their ways of life, and their settlements. The nature of the interactions between Europeans and Native Americans at contact established patterns that were to continue throughout the colonial era in New England.

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The French Along the Northeast Coast at Contact. Francis McManamon. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia. 2007 ( tDAR id: 365536) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8CJ8CJT

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min long: -70.271; min lat: 41.816 ; max long: -69.895; max lat: 42.115 ;

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