European Contact on the Maritime Peninsula

Author(s): Bruce Bourque

Year: 2014


The onset of European contact along the Maine-Maritime coast has been the subject of many varied scenarios for more than a century. Leaving aside the matter of Norse visitation, for which there is scant evidence at best, the region was first visited by Europeans during the late sixteenth century and then again in the early seventeenth. But the impacts of these visits upon indigenous peoples are difficult to assess historically and archaeologically because of the region’s proximity to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where Europeans visited at earlier dates and in larger numbers. The last two decades of the twentieth century saw significant progress in sorting out these scenarios, and in this paper I will try to summarize the present state of our understanding.

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European Contact on the Maritime Peninsula. Bruce Bourque. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436898)

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PaperId(s): SYM-36,02