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The very bad winters of Samuel de Champlain

Most of us have experienced bad winters—record-breaking temperatures, snow up to the roof, winters that refuse to end. But few of us have known winters as bad as those of Samuel de Champlain. The winter of 1604-05 was spent at Sainte-Croix. It was extremely cold, unlike anything Champlain or his men had seen in...
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