What's that about Champlain?
Champlain and a dozen French musketeers, and missionaries, were assisting their First Nations allies from the Huron (Wendat) and Algonkian. The war party passed through our area both on the way to attack an Onondaga village in what is now upstate New York (near Syracuse) and on the way back.
This was the first presence of Europeans in the Trent Valley, and Champlain made observations of the environment in his journal which he later published, along with a map of the colony of New France. The current year is being celebrated as the 400th anniversary of the French presence in Ontario.
In recognition of these events, the Trent Valley Archives has been gathering information for the last two or three years and information has been shared in its well-regarded quarterly magazine, The Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley, and in a new book that is being launched during the Annual Open House on September 5th.