Monday, July 26, 2010

about Champlain and Cahiague

From David Lamb:

Hi Bill,
Hope you are enjoying this fantastic summer!
I came across a book entitled Canadian Men of Action – CHAMPLAIN by Robert Flenley 1924 I was surprised to observe the inside map indicating the village of Cahiague’ being on the South West side of Lake Simcoe.

Page 60 of same, the writer indicates the village of Cahiague’ being on the South West side of Lake Simcoe. see attached copies.

This is right on my back door, I can only surmise that the group are aware of this information including archaeologists past and present.

This information is entirely new to me, so before I go trudging through the back forty looking for evidence or should I treat this as hogwash and get back to my wall papering laundry and washing dishes.

I would be interested if any one has a brief explanation of the observance as printed in 1924 and validity to a large native habitation at this locale.

After perusing Google Earth, maps, road travel and boating throughout the area, observance of the rich land, close proximity to the lake and exit and egress via the Holland River I cannot help think a large population lived here.

Perhaps this could be shared with other members for their point of view; then again, if I were to be informed to continue with my laundry, washing, etc I would consider this my answer.

Have a great day


John Raynor said...

Good find David and thanks for posting this Bill.
I have not seen this book before nor heard of the author - perhaps Jamie or someone else has and can comment on it.
The author however seems to have ignored much of Champlain's report on his trip to Huronia particularly his arrival at O'touancha and his visit to Carmaron and 2 other villages before meeting Father Le Caron at Carhagouha and his 14 league trek east to Cahiague not to mention his 3 league trip from Cahiague to the fish weirs at the narrows.
The author's speculation of Champlain entering Huronia via Matchedash Bay and subsequent location of Cahiague at Cooks Bay by the Holland River seem just that, speculation not supported by either historical documentation or archaeological evidence as far as I know. This is the first time that I have seen this location proposed for Cahiague.
For reference the Champlain's record see earlier posts on this blog.

Unknown said...

With it being called simcoe the map had to be post 1793, so I wonder how the transfers were done from the original maps?