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Pioneers of France in the New World

Francis Parkman Jr.

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Francis Parkman has been hailed as one of America’s first great historians and as a master of narrative history. Numerous translations have spread the books around the world. The American writer and literary critic Edmund Wilson in his book O Canada, described Parkman’s France and England in North America in these terms: The clarity, the momentum and the color of the first volumes of Parkman’s narrative are among the most brilliant achievements of the writing of history as an art. This is Vol 1 of Parkman’s series “France and England in North America.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ch captain refused, treated his prisoner kindly, and assured him of immediate freedom on payment of the ransom.

Meanwhile his captivity was bringing grievous affliction on his tribesmen; for, despairing of his return, they mustered for the election of a new chief. Party strife ran high. Some were for a boy, his son, and some for an ambitious kinsman. Outina chafed in his prison on learning these dissentions; and, eager to convince his over-hasty subjects that their chief still lived, he was so profuse of promises that he was again embarked and carried up the river.

At no great distance from Lake George, a small affluent of the St. John's gave access by water to a point within six French leagues of Outina's principal town. The two barges, crowded with soldiers, and bearing also the captive Outina, rowed up this little stream. Indians awaited them at the landing, with gifts of bread, beans, and fish, and piteous prayers for their chief, upon whose lib. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Another fine Parkman writing and especially interesting in review of the English and French Influence to the earliest settlements in Canada and the US. Love this period of our history with the color of exploration from the old world to the new. Anyone who in really interested in the real essence of

Ok, so the jury is no longer out on this book. It's very good indeed. Perhaps one of the essential documents for understanding colonial America before the British put their indelible stamp on it. They were trying, but it's only at the end of the book that they begin succeeding. Before that it's the

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Francis Parkman was one of the great romantic historians of the nineteenth century. This volume in the Library of America series collects four books, organized chronologically by subject matter, not by the order in which they were written. The first three works are quintessential Parkman, with graph

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First volume of collected works of Francis Parkman, a great 19th-century American historian, on the subject of French settlement and conflict in North America. This is an exhaustive history, beginning with the first attempted settlement of Hugenots in Florida in 1512 to just before the arrival of Fr

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