SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN
by SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON
299 pages. Atlantic-Little, Brown. $10.
More than any other man Samuel de Champlain helped create Quebec as a bastion of French commitment to the New World. He made 23 perilous voyages from France to Canada in the years just after the turn of the 17th century. He navigated the coast of New England down as far as Cape Cod, and pursued inland lakes and rivers to their sources exploring New France. He could not swim. He never managed to learn any Indian language. He had almost no sex...