Oeuvres de Champlain

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Published: 1870
Language: French
Wordcount: 458,377 / 1552 pg
Downloads: 454
Added to site: 2005.12.09
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Genre: Non-fiction
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Biographie Saintongeoise, il était issu d'une famille de pêcheurs. Si cette assertion est fondée, il faut en conclure que ses parents réussirent, par leur mérite personnel ou par leur industrie, à s'élever au-dessus de leur humble profession; car, dans le contrat de mariage de Champlain, passé en 1610, son père, Antoine de Champlain, est qualifié _capitaine, de la marine_[2]. Le même document nous apprend que sa mère s'appelait Marguerite Le Roy. Il reçut au baptême le nom de Samuel [3]; du moins, c'est le seul qu'il prenne dans le titre de ses ouvrages, et les documents contemporains s'accordent à ne lui en point donner d'autre.

[Note 2: C'est là, suivant nous, toute la noblesse du père de Champlain. L'auteur de l'_Histoire de la Colonie française en Canada_ prétend que, si Henri IV anoblit le fils, il anoblit aussi le père; et, pour le prouver, il invoque le passage su

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