The Works of Samuel de Champlain ...

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Champlain Society, 1922 - 56 pages

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Page 211 - Of all the most useful and excellent arts, that of navigation has always seemed to me to occupy the first place. For the more hazardous it is and the more numerous the perils and losses by which it is attended, so much the more is it esteemed and exalted above all others, being wholly unsuited to the timid and irresolute. By this art we obtain knowledge of different countries, regions, and realms.
Page 204 - Les Voyages du Sieur de Champlain Xaintongeois, Capitaine ordinaire pour le Roy, en la marine. Divisez en deux livres. ou, journal...
Page 258 - Ocean, the first thing which strikes us is, that, the north-east and south-east monsoons, which are found the one on the north and the other on...
Page 305 - ... these were a jolly company of hunters, who preferred rabbit hunting to the air of the fireside ; skating on the ponds to turning over lazily in bed ; making snowballs to bring down the game to sitting around the fire talking about Paris and its good cooks.
Page 1 - Brief narrative of the most remarkable things that Samuel Champlain of Brouage observed in the West Indies, during the voyage which he made to the same in the years one Thousand five Hundred and Ninety Nine to one Thousand Six Hundred and Two, as follows.
Page 230 - So many voyages and discoveries without result, and attended with so much hardship and expense, have caused us French in late years to attempt a permanent settlement in those lands which we call New France, in the hope of thus realizing more easily this object; since the voyage in search of the desired passage commences on the other side of the ocean, and is made along the coast of this region.
Page 425 - ... made mock at us by taking sand in their two hands and casting it between their buttocks, yelping the while like wolves. This mightily enraged our men, who spared not to fire on them with cannon ; but the distance was very great, and the savages had already learned the trick of throwing themselves to earth when they saw the match applied, so that...
Page 356 - I saw, among other things a girl with her hair quite neatly done up by means of a skin dyed red, and trimmed on the upper part with little shell beads. Some of her hair hung down behind, while the rest was braided in various ways. These people paint their faces red, black and yellow. They have almost no beard, and pull it out as fast as it grows.
Page 111 - ... position, the grand Sagamore together with all his companions removed their robes, making themselves stark naked except their sexual parts, which are covered with a small piece of skin. Each one took what seemed good to him, as matachiats, hatchets, swords, kettles, fat, elk flesh, seal, in a word each one had a present, which they proceeded to give to the Algonquins. After all these ceremonies, the dance ceased, and the Algonquins, men and women, carried their presents into their cabins. Then...
Page 71 - One may judge that if the four leagues of land which there are from Panama to this river were cut through, one might pass from the South Sea to the ocean on the other side, and thus shorten the route by more than fifteen hundred leagues; and from Panama to the Straits of Magellan would be an island, and from Panama to the New-found-lands would be another island, so that the whole of America would be in two islands.

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