Wacousta: The Prophesy; A Tale of the Canadas
Originally published in 1832, Wacousta is a tale of the conspiracy of Ottawa chief Pontiac, who organized an alliance to drive the English from the lands of the Indians after the French and Indian War (1755-1763). The author was the first Canadian novelist to write in English, and John Richardson (1796-1852) still ranks as one of Canada's literary icons. Wacousta is not really an Indian, but an Englishman masquerading as an Indian to achieve his revenge. However, he is not really an Englishman, either, as he had served in Montcalm's French army at the battle of the Plains of Abraham (1759). Therein lies the essence of the Canadian soul, a combination of English, French and American features - both good and bad.This masterfully crafted eBook is a faithful and unabridged presentation of the first edition. It is fully searchable and fully printable. (386pp, 2.65 Mb)
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