1609: Quadricentennial Curriculum

In 1609, Samuel de Champlain came to the lake that now bears his name. He encountered a rich culture in the Native Americans he met, a diverse wildlife and botany in the New World, and set into motion a legacy of European interest and involvement in North America. This multi-disciplinary curriculum explores a wide variety of interconnected topics: geology, watershed, ecology, Lake Champlain's First Navigators, First Nations, Europeans in the New World, Samuel de Champlain, and Mapmaking.

Drawing on a diverse array of primary documents, journals, images, and prints, the curriculum stimulates active participation and inquiry. Engaging classroom activities help students examine the multiple and varied perspective involved in our shared history, including examination of implications and repercussions of the alliances and conflicts generated by the meeting of cultures.

Down load this curriculum below. Files are in PDF format. Be sure to start with the Introduction first!

We welcome contributions. As you can see, LCMM did not accomplish this alone - if you have lesson plans, new research, or additional works, please let us know - we may be able to include it into this piece!

And of course, we'd like to thank the many contributors and participants that made this possible:

This curriculum was generated for the "Quadricentennial": the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's arrival to the lake that now bears his name.

The New York State Education Department has also created an Online Resource for Educators, focusing on NYS's Champlain-Hudson-Fulton materials. Learn more about Henry Hudson's exploration of what is now named the Hudson River; discover how Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont was so significant to the growth of the communities along the Hudson River, and how steam technology transformed navigation throughout the country.