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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1174870885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1174870880
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"""Mr. Parkman's narrative constantly attests the fidelity, as well as the zeal, with which he has examined his authorities.""
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maurice on July 12, 2013
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High adventure around the Great Lakes over 300 years ago, not to mention such exemplary virtues
that can inspire young people even in the Twenty First century. These amazing New Frenchmen
and their stories should be told and retold, like the chronicles of King Arthur and his Knights of
the Round Table.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Mendez on May 3, 2012
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This book by Francis Parkman, written in the mid 19th century gives a valuable account of the lives of Jesuit priests sent from France to convert the dangerous native tribes around the Great Lakes area of North America. The Jesuits were meticulous record keepers of their missions in North America in the 17th century and Mr. Parkman was a careful historian.

This fascinating book contains much information about the 5 Nations (Iroquois) and the Algonquin tribes and their centuries-long ferocious hatred of each other. The Jesuits sent priests to live among these tribes and the astounding ways these tribes lived are fully explained, especially their culture of torture and canibalism. These priests suffered the greatest physical deprivations and danger living among these war-like people. It also shows the manifold reasons the French were in North America at that time, the most prominant being the fur-trade. While the priests were zealous to convert the Indians to Catholicism, the Crown was interested in the great profits that could be pulled from the forests through making the native peoples dependent on the French.

The book corrects much of the wrong information that most Americans learn about these formidable tribes. It is a gripping look at a culture gone forever and unabashadly shows both the natives' attributes as well as their unrelenting cruelty towards their enemies. The reader comes away with an understanding as to why these peoples are extinct and how in part, their own actions played a definitive role in their eventual demise.
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I didn't know there were so many different Indian tribes in North America. For a while I thought I was reading a book about the American Indian. But that was who the Jesuits missionaries were directed to.
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Great story, Not the tale told in schoolbooks.
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