Champlain's Dream

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9780307397669: Champlain's Dream

In this sweeping, enthralling biography, acclaimed Pulitzer Prize–winner David Hackett Fischer magnificently brings to life the visionary adventurer who has straddled our history for 400 years. Champlain’s Dream reveals, with rare immediacy and drama, the story of a remarkable man: a leader who dreamed of humanity and peace in a world riven by violence; a man of his own time who nevertheless strove to build a settlement in Canada that would be founded on harmony and respect.  

With consummate narrative skill and comprehensive scholarship, Fischer unfolds a life shrouded in mystery, a complex, elusive man among many colorful characters. Born on France’s Atlantic coast, Samuel de Champlain grew up in a country bitterly divided by religious wars. But, like Henry IV, one of France’s greatest kings whose illegitimate son he may have been and who supported his travels from the Spanish Empire in Mexico to the St. Lawrence and the unknown territories, Champlain was religiously tolerant in an age of murderous sectarianism. Soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, and artist, he maneuvered his way through court intrigues in Paris, supported by Henri IV and, later, Louis XIII, though bitterly opposed by the Queen Regent Marie de Medici and the wily Cardinal Richelieu. But his astonishing dedication and stamina triumphed....

Champlain was an excellent navigator. He went to sea as a boy, acquiring the skills that allowed him to make 27 Atlantic crossings between France and Canada, enduring raging storms without losing a ship, and finally bringing with him into the wilderness his young wife, whom he had married in middle age. In the place he called Quebec, on the beautiful north shore of the St. Lawrence, he founded the first European settlement in Canada, where he dreamed that Europeans and First Nations would cooperate for mutual benefit. There he played a role in starting the growth of three populations — Québécois, Acadian, and Métis — from which millions descend.

Through three decades, on foot and by ship and canoe, Champlain traveled through what are now six Canadian provinces and five American states, negotiating with more than a dozen Indian nations, encouraging intermarriage among the French colonists and the natives, and insisting, as a Catholic, on tolerance for Protestants. A brilliant politician as well as a soldier, he tried constantly to maintain a balance of power among the Indian nations and his Indian allies, but, when he had to, he took up arms with them and against them, proving himself a formidable strategist and warrior in ferocious wars.

Drawing on Champlain’s own diaries and accounts, as well as his exquisite drawings and maps, Fischer shows him to have been a keen observer of a vanished world: an artist and cartographer who drew and wrote vividly, publishing four invaluable books on the life he saw around him.
               
This superb biography (the first full-scale biography in decades) by a great historian is as dramatic and richly exciting as the life it portrays. Deeply researched, it is illustrated throughout with 110 contemporary images and 37 maps, including several drawn by Champlain himself.

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""Champlain's Dream" is a comprehensive, exhaustively researched, yet always lively biography. Besides narrating a life it also, as its title suggests, tells the story of Champlain's vision for North America, which, Fischer maintains, was one of tolerance and humanity and remains worthy of admiration today." -- "Boston Globe"

"Champlain's Dream is a comprehensive, exhaustively researched, yet always lively biography. Besides narrating a life it also, as its title suggests, tells the story of Champlain's vision for North America, which, Fischer maintains, was one of tolerance and humanity and remains worthy of admiration today." -- Boston Globe

"To the 'father of New France' [David Hackett] Fischer applies his signature blend of social history and classic narrative." -- The Wall Street Journal

"A lucid portrait of a man given too little attention in standard American textbooks. Fischer's work should make it impossible to ignore Champlain's contributions henceforth." -- Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

"The definitive biography of Samuel de Champlain...Fischer once again displays a staggering and wide research...[an] epic story [and] outstanding work." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred)

"Narrating Champlain's activities in North America is where Fischer excels, both in his chronicle of events and his analysis of Champlain's leadership, political and commercial backing, and diplomacy with the native peoples. Fischer's comprehensive, incisive portrayal will enthrall the Age of Discovery audience." -- Booklist (Starred)

-Champlain's Dream is a comprehensive, exhaustively researched, yet always lively biography. Besides narrating a life it also, as its title suggests, tells the story of Champlain's vision for North America, which, Fischer maintains, was one of tolerance and humanity and remains worthy of admiration today.- -- Boston Globe

-To the 'father of New France' [David Hackett] Fischer applies his signature blend of social history and classic narrative.- -- The Wall Street Journal

-A lucid portrait of a man given too little attention in standard American textbooks. Fischer's work should make it impossible to ignore Champlain's contributions henceforth.- -- Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

-The definitive biography of Samuel de Champlain...Fischer once again displays a staggering and wide research...[an] epic story [and] outstanding work.- -- Publishers Weekly (Starred)

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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf Canada, Toronto, 2008. Cloth 1/4 Spine. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition First Printing. A biography by a Pulitzer-Winning author. 531 pp. plus Memories of Champlain Images and Interpretations, 1608 - 2008, Appendix A, Champlain's Birth Date, Appendix B, Champlain's Voyages A Chronology, Appendix C, Champlain's Brief Discours, Appendix D, Champlain's Published Writings, Appendix E, Champlain's Traitté De La Marine, Appendix F, Another Self-Portrait? Appendix G, Champlain's Superiors, Appendix H, Trading Companies and Monopolies in New France, 1588 - 1635, Appendix I, Indian Nations in Champlain's World, 1603 - 35, Appendix J, The Battle with the Mohawk in 1609, Appendix K, The Attack on the Iroquois Fort in 1615, Appendix L, Champlain's Favored Firearm, Appendix M, Champlain's Ships and Boats, Appendix N, Champlain's Weights and Measures, Appendix O, Champlain's Money, Appendix P, Champlain's Calendars, Notes, Bibliography, Map Sources, Art Credits, Acknowledgments, Index. 834 pp. in toto. Book has black cloth spine with gilt textand is matched with gray paper covered boards, decorative ep's (Samuel de Champlain, Map of New France, 1612). Top edge has slight dust soiling. Unclipped (CAN $ 37.00) DJ has top edge wear, 1/2" closed tear at tail of spine. Book weighs nearly 3 lb. and will incur extra shipping costs. Bookseller's Inventory # 154421. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004421

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