Caesars of the Wilderness: Médard Chouart, Sieur Des Groseilliers and Pierre Esprit Radisson, 1618-1710

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Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1978 - Biography & Autobiography - 386 pages
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During the period between the publication of Pierre Esprit Radisson's Voyages by the Prince Society of Boston in 1885 and the appearance of Caesars of the Wilderness in 1943, scholarly journals and books were often enlivened by the historical controversy surrounding Radisson and his fellow explorer, Medard Chouart, Sieur Des Groseilliers. Often referred to as the “Radisson problem,” the controversy called into question almost every aspect of the two men's lives, from the authenticity of parts of Radisson's narrative to the exact itinerary the men followed in their travels. The publication of Caesars in the Wilderness brought the historical debate to an end. Based on many years of research in repositories throughout France, England, and North America, the books, with its skillful presentation of new evidence, settled many of the questions that had long puzzled scholars.
 

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Contents

THE GOVERNORS TWO MEN
13
in THE AUXOTICIAT VOYAGE
27
DES GROSEILLIERS YOUNG BROTHERINLAW
39
WE WEARE DEMIGODS
58
PAPISTS AS PURITANS
75
THE BEST PRESENT
94
THE STRUGGLE FOR THE BAY BEGINS
105
COMPETITION FROM FRANCE
125
THE JAWES OF YE FRENCH LEVIATHAN
198
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE HALF MOON TAVERN
212
THE GREAT AFFAIR
222
YOUR LOVEING FRIENDS
235
NEUTRALITY OR WAR?
241
FRANCE TEMPTS RADISSON ONCE MORE
249
CHAP7ER PACE
258
ON BEING VERRY USEFUL
270

WHERE POOR HUDSON ENDED HIS DAYES
131
THE END OF EIGHT AND A HALF YEARS SERVICE
141
BLACK ROBE VERSUS GRAY GOWN 154
154
XIH DISAPPOINTMENT ONCE MORE
167
CANADA AGAIN
179
RIVALS MEET
186
DEATH COMES FOR THE EXPLORER
276
APPENDICES 281
301
BIBLIOGRAPHY
359
INDEX
371
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About the author (1978)

Dr. Grace Lee Nute, former professor of history and curator of manuscripts at the Minnesota Historical Society, was best known for her many publications and articles on the fur trade and exploration in the Great Lakes area. Among her many books are The Voyageur, The Voyageur s Highway, and Caesars of the Wilderness, available from the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

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