Many of the earliest maps of the Great Lakes, drawn by French explorers and trappers, feature the oft-repeated word anse, French for inlet or bay. Such markers promised welcoming shelter for ﬂedgling coastal settlements, many of which still bear the name. L’Anse, Michigan, a lumber community in Baraga County, is located on L’Anse Bay, an embayment of the larger Keweenaw Bay, part of Lake Superior. French-inﬂuenced maritime regions also bear the name, like the old sealing town of L’Anse-au-Loup—“wolf cove”—on the Labrador Coast of Newfoundland. On the island of Newfoundland, L’Anse aux Meadows marks the site of the ﬁrst European settlement in the Americas, founded about A.D. 1000.