This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1907. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... To the Most Noble Lord, PIERRE JE ANNIN,1 Knight, Baron of Montjeu, Chagny, and Dracy, Councillor of the King in his Councils of State, and Comptroller General of his Finances Most Noble Sir, A S man's life begins in ignorance, and little by little / % the spirit, forming itself by careful research, A m practice, and experience, acquires the knowledge of things fair and lofty; so the world in its youth was rude, rustic, and uncivilised, with scanty knowledge of things in heaven and in earth, and of the sciences which the succeeding centuries have discovered and handed down to posterity; and many things yet remain to be discovered, for which future ages shall take credit, as we also take credit for the discoveries made in our time. Thus it is that last century discovered the Torrid Zone to be habitable, and curiosity pushed men to seek out and to cross the confines of the Antipodes, which many of the ancients had not been able to understand. Likewise in our days, the desire for knowledge has caused our Frenchmen to discover lands and seacoasts never before seen by the 1 Usually known as President Jeannin (1540-1622). He Was one of the chief statesmen of his day, took an enlightened interest in Art and Letters, and was the special patron of geographers and explorers. Champlain owed much to his assistance. nations of these parts. In witness whereof I may name the Souriquois, Etechemins, Armouchiquois, Iroquois, Montagnais of the Saguenay, and those who dwell beyond the Rapids of the great river of Canada, discovered in the past year in a district wherein the Spaniards and Flemings have placed on their Maps names invented at their own sweet will; and the first liar has drawn others in his train. "For no man's error," says Seneca, "concerns himself alone, bu...