Castorland, "the land of beavers," is a vast tract on the Black River between Lowville and Carthage in Lewis County, New York. Two hundred years ago, nobility and clergy retreating from the French Revolution founded settlements in this area. Drawing on the Castorland Journal, a day-to-day account kept by Simon Desjardins and Pierre Pharoux, Edith Pilcher presents a wealth of facts about this unique community and its failed struggle to establish an American haven for French exiles.
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About the Author
Edith Pilcher, an Adirondack historian, is the author of The Constables: First Family of the Adirondacks, Up the Lake Road, and Castorland: French Refugees in the Western Adirondacks, 1793–1814.
Table of Contents
List of maps and illustrations 11
I Formation of the Compagnie de New York 19
II 1793 - Voyage to America and First Explorations 31
III 1791 - Founding of the Settlement 55
IV 1795 - Consolidation and Disaster 73
V 1796 and 1797 - Desjardins' Downfall 91
VI Subsequent History of Castorland 107
VII The Castorland Region Today - Touring Car Kayak 135
VIII Sifting Discrepancies: A Survey of Writings about Castorland 149
Appendice: Several of the following items have been previously published, but are dispersed among different books; three have not been printed before now. Bringing these source materials together under one cover will be useful to those strongly interested in the subject.
I Plan of Association and First Program of Settlement 160
II Prospectus and Topographic Account 164
III The Constitution of Castorland 173
IV Rudolphe Tiller's Memorial and Justification of the Administration of Castorland 188
V Chassanis' Reply to Tillier's Memorial 204
VI Letter describing Castorland in 1800 207
VII 1859 Letter from Vincent LeRay to Dr. Hough containing recollections of Castorland and some of its settlers 211