For one hundred sixty years our American midwest lived under the King of France. New France stretched from Canada's Atlantic coast, west into Michigan and Wisconsin, and south to the Gulf of Mexico. Explored by fur trappers and Jesuit priests in the early 1600s, this vast territory was sparsely populated by French settlers called habitants. Surviving by nothing but their own hard work, clinging to their farms, their language, their Catholic faith, and the Seigneurial form of government--a peasant-lord relationship used in France, the descendants of these habitants remain today in places like Detroit, St. Louis, and New Orleans.
As I researched The Last Lord of Paradise I grew to love these French Canadian habitants. Strict Roman Catholics, isolated in the wilderness of North America, somehow they always found a reason to celebrate life. Even after New France was surrendered to the British in 1760, the habitant's never lost their French flair, and their zeal to enjoy life remained.
That is the attitude I tried to portray throughout the generations in this Kindle family saga.
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