The Journey

Samuel de Champlain first arrived in what is now Canada in May 1603.  Over the next thirteen years, he made seven trips into the interior, forging trade alliances with multiple tribes, accompanying them in their wars against the Iroquois, building Québec, and collecting geographic information for his maps and journals.  All of his travels were dependent on the knowledge, skills, and technologies of the Algonquin, Wendat, Wabanaki and Innu.  These travels formed the basis for his published journals, Les Savauges and Les Voyages.  

This map allows you to follow in the footsteps of Champlain, discovering along the way entries from his journals, Amerindian location names, clips from Dead Reckoning ~ Champlain in America, and lesson plans that teachers and students can download to enhance the study of the life and times of Samuel de Champlain.



The map, They Would Not Take Me There:  People, Places, and Stories from Champlain's Travels in Canada, 1603 - 1616, was produced by the Canadian-American Center:  A National Resource Center on Canada located at the University of Maine; Stephen J. Hornsby, Director.

The Authors/Cartographers are Michael J. Hermann and Margaret W. Pearce.  Translator: Raymond J. Pelletier

© 2008 University of Maine Canadian–American Center, Orono, Maine, USA

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The quotes from Champlain’s journals are from the translation edited by Henry Percival Biggar, The works of Samuel de Champlain, 6 v. Toronto: Champlain Society, 1922–36, rep. 1976.
The authors also drew on the following books for historical and cartographic interpretations of Champlain’s story:

Heidenreich, Conrad E.  1976.  Explorations and mapping of Samuel de Champlain, 1603–1632.  Cartographica monograph no. 17.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Litalien, Raymonde and Vaugeois, Denis, eds.  2004.  Champlain: The birth of French America.  Montreal: McGill–Queen’s University Press.

Trigger, Bruce G.  1976.  The Children of Aataentsic: A history of the Huron people to 1660.  Montreal: McGill–Queen’s University Press.

The authors also drew on many more sources for Native place names and village locations.

A complete bibliography and place name database can be found at the website


Neil Allen, Betsy Arntzen, Nahanni Born, Hans Carlson, Abigail Davis, James Eric Francis, Sr., Robin Harrington, Conrad Heidenreich, Nicole Henderson, Stephen J. Hornsby, Douglas Jack, Anne Knowles, Micah Pawling, Raymond Pelletier, Sam Pepple, Kathryn Slott, Jane Smith, Nancy Strayer, and Roy Wright