Saturday, August 29, 2009

US NPS Archeology E-Gram

From 1604 to 1607, a French expedition explored the southeastern Canadian and New England coasts, ranging as far south as Cape Cod. 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 IHS, a unit of the National Park system. One of the Native American settlements to be 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.

Interesting problem in US parks, this one the very old Maine border and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, another Skagway, Alaska and Seattle, Washington, (gold arrived) part of the "new" Klondike Gold-rush Historic Park, and both part of the histories of the US-Canada border we share, though on opposite sides of North America and in different oceans.

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