land claimsThis unit takes an introductory look at a very complicated subject and requires teachers to do some background research. Materials include letters to politicians at the time of the land claims controversy in the late 1970s, and teachers should use their discretion about what they use with their students. Students should be encouraged to evaluate both State of Maine viewpoint and the Penobscot viewpoint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 7, 1604

French cartographer Samuel de Champlain leaves from France with a French nobleman, Pierre Du Gua De Monts, for Maine. They entered the Bay of Fundy by May, and later Champlain would meet Penobscot Chief Bashabez at the mouth of the Kenduskeag Stream on the Penobscot River.