First Lady of Detroit: The Story of Marie-Therese Guyon, MME Cadillac

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Wayne State University Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 191 pages
First Lady of Detroit is the spirited tale of an adventurous girl who grew up to commission and equip her own expedition to le Detroit, joining her husband there in the fall of 1701 -- less than a dozen weeks after Fort Pontchartrain was carved out of the Michigan wilderness.

Born in 1671, Marie-Therese Guyon was educated in Quebec by Ursuline nuns. Although she was schooled to be a lady, her life was filled with excitement. She married the dashing and ambitious Antoine Laumet de Lamothe Cadillac just a month after they met. They would have thirteen children. Marie Therese took life in stride -- whether it included fire, an escape into the forest, kidnapping by a Spanish privateer, or just the need to purchase supplies for her husband's troops.

The author interweaves vivid historical detail with entertaining dialogue and clever storytelling as she re-creates the life of this remarkable woman. To aid her audience, she has added notes explaining how the story was created from available historical facts. First Lady of Detroit is designed to appeal to older children, but readers of all ages are sure to find this a fascinating look at life in Nouvelle France.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
A Tale of New France
11
The Price of Adventure
19
Fire
28
The Feast of Ste Ursula
35
The Language of the Fan
42
A Bit Like the Devil
48
Soldier Spy?
54
A War an Escape and a Pirate
93
Holding the Fort
102
A New Way to Protect the Fur Trade
114
Changes
120
Bon Voyage to Detroit
128
Alsoomse Takes Charge
135
Toward the Land of the Huron
141
The Southern Route
153

Making Plans
59
Preparations
66
The Governors Ball
72
Monsieur Cadillac Comes to Dinner
79
Madame Cadillac
86
Fort Pontchartrain Ville du Detroit
164
Historical Notes
169
The Children of Antoine and MarieTherese Cadillac
188
Bibliography
190
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About the author (2001)

Karen Elizabeth Bush, a lifelong resident of southeastern Michigan, began her career as a teacher and moved to marketing and sales. She presently owns Lexicon Services, a business communications company. She has written numerous stories for young audiences, including The Dragon Lure, The Anasazi Treasure, Jo Hammet and the Great Jewel Robbery, and The Story Box (all Entertainment Publications) and The Cornerstone (Dorrance).

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