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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating account of the early settlement of North America by Europeans, 21 May 2012
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This review is from: The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and ... the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago (Kindle Edition)
As above. We know but little in the Anglophone world about the early heroism of the French explorers, settlers and missionaries to the New World. The Indians might have been better off had they triumphed rather than the British (or Americans!). The Jesuits were incredibly brave but very partisan. La Salle was a man who endured terrible disappointments with great fortitude.
Reveals a vast, unknown place of beauty, savagery and opportunity. To think that it has gone from the Neolithic to the Information Age in 400 yrs.
These histories reveal the Indians as far from 'noble savages'- having all the good and bad of humankind. They didn't need corrupting by the white man. Unbelievable cruelty and inter-tribal warfare - yes but also much good. We shudder at the so easy taking of human life on both sides. Disease decimated them quite apart from persecution.
A good account of these early journeys....
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