Canadian Sunrise: The Voyages of Radisson and Groseilliers

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Nearly 150 Years Before The Lewis And Clark Expedition, Two Intrepid French Canadians, Pierre-Esprit Radisson And His Brother-in-law, Medard, Sieur Des Groseilliers, Embark On An Equally Important Western Adventure From Three Rivers, New France That Culminates In Their Co-founding The Hudson's Bay Company...Canadian Sunrise chronicles the adventures of these notorious rascals as it depicts violent cultural clashes that occurred in 17th century New France and its western environs. Painstakingly researched, this ...
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Overview

Nearly 150 Years Before The Lewis And Clark Expedition, Two Intrepid French Canadians, Pierre-Esprit Radisson And His Brother-in-law, Medard, Sieur Des Groseilliers, Embark On An Equally Important Western Adventure From Three Rivers, New France That Culminates In Their Co-founding The Hudson's Bay Company...Canadian Sunrise chronicles the adventures of these notorious rascals as it depicts violent cultural clashes that occurred in 17th century New France and its western environs. Painstakingly researched, this historical novel places the reader in many disparate worlds-in the villages of the French and the First People of this continent; in Peter Stuyvesant's diverse free port of New Amsterdam; on the frigid waters of Hudson Bay and inside its raucous trading posts; in the throes of the London Plague of 1666; in the intrigue-ridden Oxford and Windsor courts of Charles II; in taverns frequented by Samuel Pepys, Prince Rupert, and the shareholders of the Hudson's Bay Company; in the court of Louis XIV; and in the cloisters of ruthless Jesuit and Recollect priests who attempt to corner the fur trade and indoctrinate the Indians. Following Radisson's Mohawk captivity and escape, an action-packed voyage to the shores of Lake Superior, and an arduous journey to the frigid waters of Hudson Bay comprise the early action. A rebuff by the Court of Louis XIV finally convinces Radisson and Des Groseilliers to enter the service of the English and the fledgling Hudson's Bay Company. Filled with brisk dialogue and lush natural description which bring this colorful era to life, Canadian Sunrise is stocked with an assortment of savory characters that includes frontier women who often outshine their male counterparts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478715108
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/6/2013
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 1,323,081
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.23 (d)

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Robert N. List received the Ph. D. in English Literature from the University of Illinois. A teaching career in the disciplines of English and American Literature and Mass Communication resulted. He recently retired as full professor and former chair of a nationally accredited department of Mass Communication to concentrate on historical research and fiction writing. Currently, he serves as an adjunct professor in the Honors College at Jackson State University. In 1999, he published a non-fiction book entitled Merlin's Secret: The African and Near Eastern Presence in the Ancient British Isles that is available at Amazon.com. e-mail: rob1282@netzero.net
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    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite What a marvelous

    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

    What a marvelous work of historical fiction! In "Canadian Sunrise", Robert List has given the reader an up-close and personal view of the Canadian wilderness during the last half of the seventeenth century. French Canadian Pierre-Espirit Radisson and his sister's husband Medard, Sieur Des Grosseilliers, embark on a journey which takes them from Three Rivers in New France to the wilderness where they develop friendly relationships with the native "savages" who have populated the region for centuries. The pair has high hopes of selling their fur trades and becoming men of leisure, but their hopes are dashed when the French government confiscates their cache. They then turn to the English king for assistance. For the next few years, their loyalties go back and forth according to fortune.

    The description of the practices of the Native populations of New France are astounding. The reader feels both respect and abhorrence of brutality as young Pierre attempts to make his way to the sort of person he will eventually become. His powers of observation are keen and his willingness to learn, exceptional. And, learn he does. He feels perfectly comfortable as an adopted member of the Mohawk tribe and equally comfortable as a French Canadian attempting to scour the wilderness for whatever might be of value in a fledgling, vast territory. One of the most poignant scenes for me is the one where the two men come across a tribe of starving natives who are dying from scurvy. Pierre observes that those who taught him to live and survive in the wilderness are now helpless to save themselves. I applaud the research that went into the making of the book. History buffs, this one is for you!

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