Champlain's Dream

Champlain's Dream

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Washington's Crossing offers a sweeping, enthralling biography as dramatic and exciting as the life it portrays. Soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, artist, and Father of New France, the remarkable Samuel de Champlain comes to life in acclaimed historian David Hackett Fischer's Champlain's Dream. Born on France's Atlantic coast, Champlain fought in France's religious wars for the great Henri IV, with whom he shared religious tolerance in an age of murderous sectarianism. He was also a brilliant navigator, never losing a ship in 27 Atlantic crossings. But we remember Champlain mainly as a great explorer. On foot and by ship and canoe he traveled through what are now six Canadian provinces and five American states, where he founded, colonized, and administered French settlements in North America. Despite much resistance and many defeats, Champlain's astonishing dedication and stamina finally established France's New World colony. He tried constantly to maintain peace among Indian nations, but when he had to take up arms he forcefully imposed a new balance of power, proving himself a formidable strategist and warrior. Throughout his three decades in North America, Champlain remained committed to a remarkable Grand Design for France's colony. A leader who dreamed of humanity and peace in a world of cruelty and violence, he was a true visionary, especially when compared to his English and Spanish contemporaries.
Publisher: [United States] : Simon & Schuster Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2008.
Edition: Abridged.
ISBN: 0743579542
9780743579544
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (600 min.)) : digital.

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Aug 11, 2010

Rumoured to be the illegitimate son of the king, Samuel de Champlain grew up in a middle class family, Following his father (real or adopted) to the sea, Champlain quickly became a well respected navigator and captain. He also saw much of the world and learned a great deal.

Champlain used this knowledge when he turned his eye to colonizing New France. He did not repeat the mistakes of the Spanish by trying to enslave the native population, nor try and push them off their land as the English did. Rather, Champlain sought to work with the natives, having a vision of creating a new nation that would be a blending of the North Americans and the French. He treated his native allies with respect. A respect which he gained back in return.

The above only scratches the surface of the life of French explorer and colonizer Samuel de Champlain. Daivd Fischer's biography is rich, nuanced look at both the historical man and the long reaching effects of his policies and his mapmaking. Finally, this book serves to be quite a good study of Champlain as a leader, and might be of interest to those who study leadership.

Wonderful as an audiobook.

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