CHAMPLAIN, Samuel de) . ARMSTRONG, Joe C.W.
Title: Champlain. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, 1987, ISBN:0771595018
Seller ID: 15066
CHAMPLAIN, Samuel de). ARMSTRONG, Joe C.W. Champlain. Toronto : Macmillan of Canada, (1987). First Edition. Pp (12),xiii--xviii,-318. Illustrated. Maps. 8vo, grey cloth spine, map endpapers. "The life of Samuel de Champlain is the most exciting adventure story in North America's discovery history. Almost singlehandedly, this seaman and former soldier from Brouage, France, seeded an empire on this continent, A meticulous observer and chronicler, experienced navigator, keen naturalist and ethnographer, and able administrator, Champlain was the first European to see North America's tremendous potential for settlement and agriculture, as well as trade. In this, the first comprehensive biography of Canada's earliest hero, author, Joe. C.W. Armstrong reveals new information about this famous but little-understood man- his amazing range of talents, his fierce determination and stamina, his hard practicality, and his breathtaking dream of empire. His life is examined in the context of his own prolific works, the detailed journals and mapshe published during his lifetime. After nearly a decade of painstaking res earch, the author has unraveled the complex and diffuse journals of Champlain. New light is shed on a number of long-standing controversies. The author shows that the explorer knew of 'the'great inland sea' of Hudson Bay years before the English claimed to have discovered it themselves. He also demonstrates how Champlain presaged the westward thrust of North American exploration over the course of the following century." - from the dj. Contents: Part 1: The Voyages 1598 - 1916. Phase One: The Background: 1567-1602. 1. New France and the France of Champlain; 2. A Soldier of Fortune, 1567-1598; 3. Early Voyages to Spain, the West Indies, and Central America, 1598-1602.Phase Two: The First Voyage To North America: 1603. 4. The St. Lawrence: t he River of Dreams and the Grand Alliance: 1603. Phase Three: Voyages To Acadia: 1604-1607 5. The First and Second Excursions and the First Settlement: Ile Sainte-Croix, Maine: 1604-1605; 6. The Third and Fourth Excursions a nd the Second Settlement: : Port-Royal, Nova Scotia : 1605; 7. More Excursions: False Starts, Retreat, and Reprieve: 1606; 8. The Last Excursion and the Battle of Stage Harbor, Cape Cod : 1606; 9. The Last Winter and Farewellto Acadia : 1606-1607. Phase Four: The Return to The St Lawrence River: 16 08-1611. 10. The Founding of Québec and the Mutiny: 1608; 11. The First Battle against the Iroquois: Lake Champlain, New York, and Vermont: 1609; 12. The Second Battle, Sorel, Québec: 1610 ; 13. The Aftermath of War and Return to France : an Interlude and Marriage : 1610-1611; 14. The Return to Québec and Westward to Montréal: 1611; 15. Back to France: from a Dream to a Nightmare : 1611-1612. Phase Five: Voyages To Expand The Empire Westward: 1613-1616. 16. The Push for the Ottawa River and Hudson Bay: 1613; 17. The Return to France and a Change of Strategy: 1613-1615; 18. A Journey to the Nipissing Country and Huronia: 1615; 19. The Kawartha Country and a Third Battle against the Iroquois : the Defeat at Syracuse, New York: 1615; 20. The Retreat and Winter in Huronia: 1615-1616. Part Two: The Fight For The Foundation: 1616-1635. 21. From France to New France: Politics, Intrigue, and Murder: 1616-1619; 22. Hélène Champlain and the Return to Québec : 1620-1624; 23. In France and New France : the Colonial Retreat: 1625-1626; 24. More Murders and the Alliance Cracks: 1627-1628; 25. Treason and the First EnglishAttack: 1628; 26. Québec Falls to the English Raiders: 1629; 27. Champlain in England and France: the paper War: 1629-1632; 28. The Rescue of New Fra nce and the Death of Champlain: 1632-1635; Exeunt. Appendices I. The FrenchLanguage in the Seventeenth Century; II. The Testament of Guillermo Elena; III. Champlain's Voyage to the West Indies and Spain, 1598-1601; IV. Champ lain's Marriage; V. Champlain vs. Lescarbot; VI. The Champlain Astrolabe. With notes, bibliography and index. Very good in dustjacket. 25.00