The Voyages of Jacques Cartier

The Voyages of Jacques Cartier

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Cartier's account of his voyages to the St. Lawrence region of northeastern North America in 1534, 1535, and 1541 comprises the first record of European exploration there and contact with the native people. He describes the reactions of the French and the Iroquois to each other, and reveals much about himself and 16th-century France. Appended are letters, charters, and other documents relating to the voyages. No index. Paper edition (6000-5), $16.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c1993
ISBN: 9780802050151
0802050158
9780802060006
0802060005
Branch Call Number: 971.01 CAR
Characteristics: xli, 177 p., [9] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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Jul 10, 2012

This "new" edition is dated 1993 and would benefit from a map of the ships routes that doesn't hide PEI and Anticosti behind the binding. Literary Reviews of Canada in 2006 listed the account of the second voyage as the number 1 ( of 100) most influential book ever written, for Canada. This reader suggests reading the scholarly "Introduction" by Ramsay Cook AFTER you have read the reports of Jacques Cartier's three voyages to Canada. The introduction is really an academic analysis with conclusions, and contains many (spoiler) quotes from the older documents. It will prevent the pleasure of your own fresh reading of the accounts of the voyage, but is interesting to finish with, after you have drawn your own conclusions.
All Canadians should read these short accounts of Cartier's Voyages: about the abundance beyond bounds of the Great Auk (extinct 1844), and of Donnaconna's people near Quebec City (also disappeared without much of a trace after Jacques Cartier's and Roberval's visits in the mid 1500s). And learn how freely and frequently Cartier lied to them and made them captives. Again, and again. I can't believe we name things in Canada after him. Not at all like the Sieur de Champlain.

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Jul 10, 2012

22 September 1538
Translation of an order from King Francis I to pay Jacques Cartier for, among other things
"upkeep of a certain number of savage people whom he has fed and kept at our order for two years now . . ."

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