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Champlain's Dream by David Hackett Fischer
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Dec 05, 09


Biography of Samuel Champlain, explorer, soldier, and colonial leader. The book also contains an extensive history of Champlain's time, particularly focusing on Champlain's childhood in France, and the ways in which French politics influenced Champlain's experiences in the New World. I learned a lot about Champlain's times, and particularly about French history.

Hackett Fischer places Champlain in a long line of North American "wise men" who shared a desire to create a political system based on peace and tolerance. The author makes a compelling case for his characterization of Champlain as a man who sought both qualities.

Hackett Fischer's discussion of Champlain's deep Christian faith was also interesting and enlighting.
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