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CULTURAL READINGS: Colonization & Print in the Americas

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Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix,
Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle France...

Paris: Didot, 1744.

Charlevoix's massive history was published in folio and quarto editions in 1744. It reviews the French colonization of the Americas, beginning with the arrival of Normand and Breton fishermen on the Grand Banks in the early 16th century, and contains extensive maps and descriptions of French possessions in Canada along with an epistolary history of the author's tour of North America. Fifteen years after this ambitious publication, French soldiers were defeated by the English on the Plains of Abraham, marking the end of "New France."

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