Regions Explored by Samuel de Champlain
"The affection, or better yet, the passion of Champlain to explore New France made him increasingly determined to cover the country in all directions in order to become familiar with every path and creek. The only means of communication [transportation] available to him were the rowboat or canoe; this was enough to traverse the rivers or cross the lakes."
Canoe Descending Rapids, Quebec
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"[…] He paddled up the Iroquois River to Lake Champlain; he travelled towards the Ottawa River springs with such courage that the Algonquian Peoples could not help but express their admiration for him."
Quotation taken from N.E. Dionne, Samuel Champlain, pp. 339-340.