Samuel de Champlain

400th Anniversary of the Discovery of Lake Champlain on July 4, 1609 by Samuel de Champlain

The header above is made up of pieces of Samuel de Champlain's
1612 map which appeared in "Les voyages du Sieur de Champlain"
... Paris in 1613

Photo from Le Soleil

Champlain's 1574 Baptism Document Has Been Found by Jean-Marie Germe

Samuel de Champlain's birth and baptism dates have always been a mystery. It has been assumed that he was born in Brouage, France in either 1567 or 1570. However, this year, 2012, Jean-Marie Germe, a genealogist from Poitou, discovered the baptism record of the founder of Quebec. The document was found in the online archive of the pastoral register of the former Calvinist Temple of Saint-Yon at La Rochelle, France.

Samuel de Champlain was believed to be born in Brouage, Saintonge. Samuel de Champlain, according to his marriage record (late 1610), the son of the late Anthoine de Champlain, a captain in the Navy, and Marguerite Le Roy. It must be known that Samuel's father has often signed documents as Chappelain and that surnames varied regularly at that time. The family owned houses in Brouage and La Rochelle which would explain the old belief.
The historical document states that Samuel, baptized August 13, 1574 at Temple Saint-Yon, La Rochelle, son of Antoine and Marguerite Chapeleau Le Roy, married around 1562 (La Rochelle, Saint-Yon).

Jean-Marie Germe says: "Actually, I had accumulated all the clues over the past twenty years. This includes following the trail of Champlain's uncle, the famous corsair William Allaine. He owned a house in La Rochelle, another in Brouage. His son died, he made his heir Samuel. It seems that Samuel's parents lived in the house of Quatre Vents, Place des Petits-Bancs in La Rochelle, "explains Jean-Marie Germ. As of the Brouage house, the one everyone knows, it would become property of Champlain in 1601".

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Check out the following links for more information

Champlains 74 day voyage from Honfleur to New France in 1611 1 league = 3 miles; 1 fathom = 6 feet
Champlains Baptism document from FichierOrigine
All of the FichierOrigine Information on Samuel Champlain - in English
Jean-Marie Germe's society - AGCF
The AGCF Bulletin for March 2012 about Champlain
Places of Memory of New France in France



Check out the following webpages of 1909 Historical Photographs

Photos from the State of New York book "The Champlain Tercentenary" 1909

Photos from "The Vermonter"_August - September 1909 about the Tercentenary
Other Photos and Postcards about the 1909 Tercentenary
Photos and Booklet of "La Grande Semaine" "The Great Week of July 1909"
"La Grande Semaine" "The Great Week of July 1909" about Burlington in English
Frederick O. Beaupre - Burlington's Franco-American Champlain Tercentenary Comissioner

Champlain's Ships
(taken from his map)

Champlains Last Will & Testament


Samuel de Champlain's Great 1612 Map in Color

Description of the map

French Canadian Genealogical Society

Northern New York
American Canadian Genealogical Society

Champlain's comments
when he discovered
Lake Champlain

Champlain Biography
Champlain's Character and His Writings (Books)

Samuel de Champlain by Wikipedia
with many good Links

The John Carter Brown
Library Champlain Collection

Champlain's Death

The Champlain Society
The Celebrations of Champlain
In English
Helene Boulle; wife of Samuel de Champlain
from Lake Champlain Basin Program
Champlain Timeline

Champlain's Life
Canada History

Champlain Timeline
from Lake Champlain Basin Program

America's Historic Lakes
The voyages of
Samuel de Champlain

Champlain's Itinerary :

Brief & Factual History of Samuel

America's Historic Lakes
Samuel de Champlain
Adventurer in New France
My Champlain Timeline

My Champlain Atlantic Crossing Chart



Maps of the Voyages of Champlain

Champlain Monuments

Champlain's Hometown Photo's at Brouage, France


Photos of Brouage, France taken by Jann LaValley of Ste Anne de Bellevue, QC in 2005
Click on each thumbnail to view a larger copy
Photos above are displayed on this website with her permission given on 25 April 2008