The Jesuit Pierre-François-Xavier de Charlevoix’s (1682–1761) Journal of a Voyage in North America

An Annotated Translation


The French Jesuit Pierre-François-Xavier de Charlevoix’s 1744 journal of his voyage through French North America—New France, Louisiana, and the Caribbean—is among the richest eighteenth-century accounts of the continent’s colonization, as well as its indigenous inhabitants, flora, and fauna. Micah True’s new translation of this influential text is the first to appear since 1763. It provides the first complete and reliable English version of Charlevoix’s journal and reveals the famous Jesuit to have been a better literary stylist than has often been assumed on the basis of earlier translations. Complemented by a detailed introduction and richly annotated, this volume finally makes accessible to an Anglophone audience one of the key texts of eighteenth-century French America.

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Micah True, PhD (Duke University, 2009) is associate professor of French and folklore at the University of Alberta. His numerous publications on early French America most notably include Masters and Students: Jesuit Mission Ethnography in Seventeenth-Century New France (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015).
“This book will be a necessary purchase for academic libraries with holdings in Jesuit Studies, Atlantic world studies, early Canadiana, and North American history, including First Nations/Native American history.” - Lisa J. M. Poirier, DePaul University, Chicago, in: Journal of Jesuit Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4 (2020), pp. 681-683
Bibliographical Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
Summaries of the Contents of Charlevoix’s Letters
Preliminary Essay on the Origin of the Americans
Letter 1
Letter 2
Letter 3
Letter 4
Letter 5
Letter 6
Letter 7
Letter 8
Letter 9
Letter 10
Letter 11
Letter 12
Letter 13
Letter 14
Letter 15
Letter 16
Letter 17
Letter 18
Letter 19
Letter 20
Letter 21
Letter 22
Letter 23
Letter 24
Letter 25
Letter 26
Letter 27
Letter 28
Letter 29
Letter 30
Letter 31
Letter 32
Letter 33
Letter 34
Letter 35
Letter 36
All interested in colonial French America (New France, Louisiana, the Caribbean), the history of Jesuit missions therein, and the flora, fauna, and indigenous inhabitants of eighteenth-century North America.
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