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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Juliana L’Heureux: Franco-American Studies sponsored by Rep. Brian Bolduc | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Juliana L’Heureux: Franco-American Studies sponsored by Rep. Brian Bolduc | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

French settlers pre-dated the Plymouth Pilgrims by 17 years by settling St. Croix Island and Canada in 1604. Yet, French settlements in North America are taught like they don't matter much. More emphasis is given to the exploration of rivers than to settlements that pre-date the English colonies like Plymouth and Jamestown. It's time to include the St. Croix Island history in all school curriculum. In New Brunswick Canada, a Provincial legislator once told me St. Croix Island is like the Canadian Plymouth Rock. Rep. Bolduc may be starting a national curriculum trend, but let's lead by adopting this history in Maine, where it all began. Dirigo!

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