Jon Manchester's Reviews > Champlain's Dream
This was a must-read for a boy who grew up just miles from Lake Champlain in the Champlain Valley of Vermont and went to Champlain Valley High School. World leaders could learn a lot from Samuel de Champlain with regards to his appreciation and understanding of other cultures (Native Americans). The book was fascinating, long (531 pages before all the footnotes and additional material), and provided a lot of history on the process of settling in the New World. If only relations between the Indians and settlers had been this good in other parts of North America. Champlain never learned to swim - common amongst other seamen at that time, believing in fate instead of the ability to shape one's own destiny. He crossed the Atlantic something like 30 times (roundtrip) and never lost a ship. My home state is celebrating the 400th anniversary of his one and only trip to Lake Champlain - to fight the Mohawk / Iroquois. Fischer writes well and obviously did a ton of research to capture this story.
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