Champlain's Dream

Champlain s Dream Winner of the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military WritingIn this sweeping enthralling biography acclaimed historian David Hackett Fischer brings to life the remarkable Sam

  • Title: Champlain's Dream
  • Author: David Hackett Fischer
  • ISBN: 9781416593331
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military WritingIn this sweeping, enthralling biography, acclaimed historian David Hackett Fischer brings to life the remarkable Samuel de Champlain soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, artist, and Father of New France.Born on France s Atlantic coast, Champlain grew to manhood in a countryWinner of the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military WritingIn this sweeping, enthralling biography, acclaimed historian David Hackett Fischer brings to life the remarkable Samuel de Champlain soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, artist, and Father of New France.Born on France s Atlantic coast, Champlain grew to manhood in a country riven by religious warfare The historical record is unclear on whether Champlain was baptized Protestant or Catholic, but he fought in France s religious wars for the man who would become Henri IV, one of France s greatest kings, and like Henri, he was religiously tolerant in an age of murderous sectarianism Champlain was also a brilliant navigator He went to sea as a boy and over time acquired the skills that allowed him to make twenty seven Atlantic crossings without losing a ship.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 Over than thirty years he founded, colonized, and administered French settlements in North America Sailing frequently between France and Canada, he maneuvered through court intrigue in Paris and negotiated among than a dozen Indian nations in North America to establish New France Champlain had early support from Henri IV and later Louis XIII, but the Queen Regent Marie de Medici and Cardinal Richelieu opposed his efforts Despite much resistance and many defeats, Champlain, by his astonishing dedication and stamina, finally established France s New World colony He tried constantly to maintain peace among Indian nations that were sometimes at war with one another, but when he had to, he took up arms and 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 vision, a Grand Design for France s colony He encouraged intermarriage among the French colonists and the natives, and he insisted on tolerance for Protestants He was a visionary leader, especially when compared to his English and Spanish contemporaries a man who dreamed of humanity and peace in a world of cruelty and violence.This superb biography, the first in decades, is as dramatic and exciting as the life it portrays Deeply researched, it is illustrated throughout with many contemporary images and maps, including several drawn by Champlain himself.

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    1. Jam-packed with notes, maps, illustrations and various other appendices, this book by eminent historian, Professor David Hackett Fischer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for ‘Washington’s Crossing’ sets a benchmark for biographies. This biography is a comprehensive scholarly work. It is well illustrated, and pages 533-800 are devoted to the various appendices which include a bibliography and extensive notes. However, the narrative style is such that the biography is easy to read, and the note [...]

    2. Having grown up a Minnesotan, I feel a lot of affinity towards Canada. After all, Canadians and Minnesotans share a high tolerance for cold; a generally pleasant disposition towards strangers; and a love of ice hockey and maple syrup. Furthermore, after transplanting to Nebraska – the unaccented home of the Gallup corporation – I’ve been told that my accent is very similar to the parodied intonations of our northern neighbors. That said, I grew up mostly ignorant of the French-Canadian inf [...]

    3. A huge thank you to Marita for this. I thoroughly enjoyed reading La Rêve de Champlain. This was the history of a man who, as an early explorer, mapmaker and founder of Canada, was a hero of mine as a child. By the time I was eleven years old, I knew every place he travelled to in his explorations of the Saint Lawrence basin. I could trace his routes on a map. I thought that he and the other explorers of our northern land were true heroes and spent a lot of time at the local bookmobile searchin [...]

    4. The life and times of this pivotal figure in history is told in vivid and bold narrative. I did not even know who Samuel de Champlain was before I read this book funny it is that history books 'editorialize' who should be written about. I would venture to say that very few Americans know the role Champlain played in his three decades of influence in North America.

    5. Champlain's dream is biography so big it edges over into history. It might be more corect to say the life related was so big that it enormously affected history. I personally had a double-edged reaction to it, liking it but not liking it.Samuel Champlain was the French soldier, mariner, and explorer who was along for some of the earliest voyages of discovery to what is now Canada's Maritime coast and the St. Lawrence Valley. He helped found Quebec and other settlements along the river. He travel [...]

    6. Le reve de Champlain de David Hackett Fischer montre que Champlain a été non-seulement un grand héros du Canada, mais aussi de toute l'Amérique du Nord et de l'Europe entier. Champlain était un grand navigateur, un cartographe hors paire, un diplomat, un administrateur, un guerrier et un grand esprit. Robert Charlebois a posé la grande question: 'Cartier, Cartier! Pourquoi n'avez vous pas navigué à l'envers.' Voilà le grand cliché qui est très vrai. Le Canada a été fort mal situé p [...]

    7. Much of my reading over the past year or so has focused on this question: How did we (Americans) get to be so politically different, one from the other? How did the "red states" get to be so red? How did the "blue states" get to be so blue? What is the history behind all that?Books like The Big Sort; Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty ; American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America; A Great and Noble [...]

    8. In this warmly-written, epic work, David Hackett Fischer has given us the definitive biography of Samuel Champlain. It's formidably-researched and gives us a richly detailed story of his life and the times he shaped: in this work we learn of early French Canada, and his humane and intelligent rapport with the native peoples, now the First Nation of Canada. He emerges from these pages as an intelligent, charismatic man, even at this distance in time.It's a book that has had considerable influence [...]

    9. The history of European colonization in the Americas is strewn with rogues, murderers and exploiters, but this book about Samuel de Champlain, "founder" of New France, (Quebec and Acadia) suggests something different; born in sixteenth century France that was torn apart by religious wars between Catholics and Protestants that at times approached genocide, (France had ten civil wars in Champlain's lifetime) Champlain saw such horrors as a young soldier in Europe that he adopted a philosophy of to [...]

    10. Samuel de Champlain was one of the great explorers of the 17th Century. Over the course of 30 years, he explored much of what is now Canada and the New England states. He is considered the founder of New France, which is now Quebec. In 1605, he helped found the colony of Port Royal, Nova Scotia, which was the first permanent French settlement in North America. This is a thorough biography of Champlain but also a history of the first interactions between the French explorers/settlers in North Ame [...]

    11. What I particularly enjoy about David Hackett Fischer’s books is that he is a practitioner of what I like to call “thick history”. On the one hand, he is a throwback to older generations of historians who wrote history as the acts of remarkable individuals – heroes. The Samuel de Champlain who emerges from the pages of this book is definitely that. At the same time, Fischer is informed by the broad range of developments in the practice and writing of history that emerged during the cours [...]

    12. The Sieur de Champlain was the biggest historical figure in my part of the world when I was growing up in Quebec and attending French Catholic schools. Every year in elementary school, we would study Champlain. He was the George Washington of French Canada, the man who had founded the City of Quebec in 1608, and who was considered the father of his people. Needless to say, this saint-like portrayal didn't make him terribly compelling for an eight-year old boy.I am glad to report that David Hacke [...]

    13. Another excellent read by David Hackett Fischer. Fischer brings Champlain to life like never before (at least to me and probably most people). Samuel Champlain was a complex man of many talents, titles, and roles and was certainly much more than just another explorer. French history, European history, North American history, Native American history This book has it all! The book itself is well written with the content having been exhaustively researched as evident by the massive collection of no [...]

    14. By uncovering Champlain's life, Fischer presents a grand, dignified overview of an era of French history and the founding of Canada. Moreover, the contrast of Champlain's approach to the New World as compared that of the Spanish, Dutch and English is a revelation. Champlain had a respect for native people that was sorely lacking in most other colonizing (or conquering) experiences. One cannot help but conclude that the seeds planted by him have done so much to make Canadian history and culture s [...]

    15. This is a major scholarly work about Champlain, his era, and the founding of French North America. Champlain may have been the illigitamate son of King Henry IV, but in any case he enjoyed great access to the king as a young man. In his youth he experienced the horrors of 9 religious civil wars with their attendant cruelties. Both he and Henry had a strong desire to form a peacefulsociety where all (Catholics and protestants mainly) could live in harmony. Both may have been babtized protestant b [...]

    16. Excellent history. Puts Champlain in the frame of his time. I have done quite a bit of research on Champlain and soon found, after reading lots of conflicting information, that some people writing about Champlain hadn't bothered to go back and actually read his works, but relied entirely on secondary and tertiary sources resulting in repeated misinformation. Fisher sets this record of confusion straight.A couple of things I would have liked to have seen was more on the Huguenot influence in New [...]

    17. 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. [...]

    18. Unexpectedly great. It illuminates a period of North American history in a way that I found entirely compelling. Champlain, a historical figure I knew little about, was well served by this account. His life is covered from cradle to grave. Not only is his entire life covered, but the book sets up the historical context of Champlain's time period both before, during and after his lifetime. And later provides a perspective on all the influence that he directly had on language, culture and the nasc [...]

    19. I came to this book from two different directions. On the one hand several in my family have loved (and circulated) David Hackett Fischer's book Albion's Seed. So I've had Fischer on my radar for a number of years.On the other hand, Louise Penny's novel Bury Your Dead has, as a sub-plot, the mystery over the burial location and biographical details of Samuel de Champlain. So, combining both of these directions in reading this very full and very excellent biography of Champlain was a slam dunk.Ve [...]

    20. Fischer has written an engaging and immensely readable narrative of the early history of New France and the architect of its design. Fischer does not fall prey to tedium and the minutiae of detail that may otherwise be expected of this books dimension: a broad 869 pages over a narrow 40 – 50 years. The book carries itself with buoyant momentum and the unexpectedly delightful excitement of adventure. At times this work reads like a novel with well-crafted characterization and development of pla [...]

    21. An exhaustively footnoted and sourced book. If you enjoy academic history this book is worth the time and effort to read. The author does a great job at really fleshing out the subject, and his desire to began the country that becomes Canada. He makes a good case for Champlain as the bastard son of Henry IV of France, but then he ceases to mention it for the rest of the book. I think it might have been a reason for some of the advantages that Champlain had in the early part of his career.The ape [...]

    22. My first time reading a book written by a historian. Surprising at first. Not sure I'd get through it. I quickly enjoyed it and it was an easy read. It is a wonderful explanation of Champlain's life, the entire period as well. Certainly gives readers a deep understanding of New France and the founding culture of Quebec and Canada.

    23. 1) "Champlain himself was largely responsible for that [wealth of history but lack of personal information]. He wrote thousands of pages about what he did, but only a few words about who he was. His published works are extraordinary for an extreme reticence about his origins, inner thoughts, private life, and personal feelings. Rarely has an author written so much and revealed so little about himself. These were not casual omissions, but studied silences. Here again, as in the old battle-print, [...]

    24. An exhaustively researched and well written history of the life and times of An important historical figure ‘Champlain’s Dream’ is an impressive achievement. Fischer’s great success is in offering a very broad, very clear picture of Champlain’s life, his work, and forces at work in the world around him. Although an emminently readable book it is not a task undertaken lightly. That being said it rewards the reader with a rich, detailed picture of life in Nouvelle France in the early 17t [...]

    25. I read one book by Fischer years ago and he struck me back then as an modern-day old-timey historian, and this book did not dispel this idea from my head. The book read like a hagiography (or as a demonization) as many of the worst biographies do - I was kind of shocked as to how little about Champlain I still understand, even though I now know he always made good decisions and any misunderstandings he had with others were because of others were because of them. Including his "lack of luck in lo [...]

    26. You could see Fischer's fanboy boner from space. To be less crude and glib, there was an enormity of Champlain apologism going on here, not to mention a great deal of pro-Catholic sermonizing. Champlain might have been a humane soul, especially for a man of his time, but that doesn't abnegate the fact that he held a paternalistic attitude toward Native Americans, or that his first loyalty was to the advancement of settlement and Catholicization of New France.And if a measurement is hundreds of m [...]

    27. If you believe Fischer's main thesis--and given the truly exhaustive evidence he provides, it's hard not to--Champlain was a special man among the big names in early Canadian history. But how Fischer presents this is by showing in stunning detail given the lack of some sources Champlain's tolerance, his passion for learning, and his far-reaching vision. This book of the Father of New France is special because he was grander than others--Columbus, Cartier, Hudson--who only disappoint on closer in [...]

    28. An encyclopedic volume on Champlain, including a fascinating essay on the way each generation has seen the founder of New France over the past 400+ years. Much useful information on the early European settlement of North America, but the book (like many these days) shows a lack of editing--most of the facts are presented two, three or four times. And, the author's statement to the contrary notwithstanding, it is a hagiography of Champlain.

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