Sieur de Monts Spring
Sieur de Monts Spring has a significant place in the early history of Acadia National Park. In a true sense, this spot has come to symbolize the vision and passion of private citizens such as George B. Dorr that bloomed into Acadia National Park.
George B. Dorr was the Park's first superintendent. In 1909, he built the structure you see to the right over a spring and carved “The Sweet Waters of Acadia” on a nearby rock. Dorr named the spring in honor of the French nobleman, Pierre Du Gua, de Monts. In 1603, Sieur de Monts was commissioned Lieutenant Governor of New France by King Henry IV which gave him authority over all of North America from present-day Philadelphia to Montreal.
The King directed Sieur de Monts “to establish the name, power, and authority of the King of France; to summon the natives to a knowledge of the Christian religion; to people, cultivate, and settle the said lands; to make explorations and especially to seek out mines of precious metals.” Sieur de Monts set forth with his navigator, Samuel Champlain, and his crew and sailed to North America.
Nature Center GPS: Latitude 44.362097; Longitude -68.207830
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