Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

This is Samuel Champlain, a French cartographer. He’s pointing west, in Queen’s Square, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

When he sighted the mouth of the mighty Saint John River, back in 1604, it so happened it was St. John the Baptist’s feast day … hence the name Saint John.

15 Replies to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument”

  1. I always find it interesting to know how places got their names – and there’s usually a history lesson behind it, as in this case. Thanks for the info Reb!

  2. Great photo of Champlain.., he was one of my favorite explorers when i was a school girl…a few hundred years ago, hahaha!
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xoxoxo

  3. Champlain was quite the explorer in his time…
    I don’t remember much of school days history but I remember enjoying studying his discoveries the most.

  4. Never heard of him, but isn’t any story behind a monument fascinating? I like that tale. I’m stuck for choice here in Gib so not sure if I will get around to posting on this one.

  5. Oh wow! Don’t you just LOVE the patina here? You don’t happen to know who the artist was or how old the statue is, do you? (Too bad someone else put their signature on his hip pocket):
    Samuel de Champlain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_de_Champlain
    I too remembered him from school, but sadly, not as well as Sherri-Ellen. Thanks for reminding us about this hugely important man – he who started the embryo of Canada.

    1. No, I have no clue how old this statue is, Deb … but this park is kind of interesting. When you look at an aerial view of it, the paths form the British flag!

      1. Ha! The British flag? LOL! Kindof a backhanded compliment to Champlain then, after all, eh?

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