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.
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
Acknowledgments Bibliographical Abbreviations List of Illustrations Summaries of the Contents of Charlevoix’s Letters Introduction 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 Bibliography Index
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.