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White Cape (modern Cape Cod, MA)

Champlain described in his journals the voyage in 1606:

Map from Champlain's description of Cape Cod Bay by W.F. Gangong, 1911.

Map based on Champlain's description of Cape Cod Bay by W.F. Gangong, 1911.

"The White Cape is a point of sand which bends southward some six leagues. This coast has fairly high sand-banks which are very conspicuous from the sea, where soundings are found of thirty, forty and fifty fathoms nearly fifteen or eighteen leagues from land, until one comes to ten fathoms in approaching the shore, which is very clear. There is a great extend of open country along the shore before one enters the woods, which are very delightful and pleasant to the eye. We cast anchor off shore and saw some Indians, towards whom four of our party advanced. Making their way along the sandy beach, they perceived as it were a bay with wigwams bordering it all around."

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