Children's Literature - Naomi WilliamsonA title in the series "In the Footsteps of Explorers," this book documents the years following the French exploration by Jacques Cartier of the northeastern region of North America. A brief biography of Cadillac is included, telling of a young of man who was a "low-ranking cadet" who sailed to the New World where he introduced himself as a noble after changing his name. Details of Cadillac's endeavors to settle Detroit and promote French settlement include an easy-to-follow time line from 15341748. Cadillac explored the areas west of the St. Lawrence River, was responsible for the settlement of Detroit in the early 1700s, and later was sent to Fort St. Louis in the French-owned Mississippi Valley to serve as governor of the area known as Louisiana. Also included is information about natives of North America, the fur trade, and the exploration and settling of the New World by the French and the English. Both pictures and illustrations provide visual support to the information. The final chapter, "Cadillac's Legacy," reinforces the importance of the name Cadillac as it is remembered in the names of towns, buildings, a mountain, an automobile, and other ways. This series provides historical information in a simple straightforward manner that simplifies the study of exploration for children.
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