Dimensions: 56 pages, 8 × 10 × 0.5 in
Published: August 24, 2004
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0887766579
ISBN - 13: 9780887766572
From the Publisher
"One July day four hundred years ago, Samuel de Champlain stepped
out of a small boat at Quebec and began a great adventure." So
begins Christopher Moore's riveting account of the life of the
extraordinary, daring "father of New France."
Samuel de Champlain helped found the first permanent French
settlement in the New World; he established the village that
eventually became the great city of Quebec; he was a skilled
cartographer who gave us many of our first accurate maps of North
America; he forged alliances with Native nations that laid the
foundations for vast trading networks; and as governor, he set New
France on the road to becoming a productive, self-sufficient,
But Champlain was also a man who suffered his share of defeats and
disappointments. That first permanent settlement was abandoned
after a disastrous winter claimed the lives of half the colonists.
His marriage to a child bride was unhappy and marked by long
separations. Eventually Quebec had to be surrendered temporarily to
the English in 1629.
In this remarkable book, illustrated entirely with paintings,
archival maps, and original artifacts, Christopher Moore brings to
life this complex man and, through him, creates a portrait of
Canada in its earliest days.
Champlain is illustrated with archival maps and paintings.
Additional artwork has been provided by Francis Back.
About the Author
Christopher Moore has been called Canada's most
versatile writer of history. His first book, Louisbourg
Portraits, won a Governor General's Award. The Story of
Canada (co-authored with Janet Lunn), a history of Canada for
young people, won the Mr. Christie's Award for Children's Books.
The Big Book of Canada: Exploring the Provinces and
Territories was published by Tundra in 2002 to great critical
acclaim. Christopher Moore also co-authored the authoritative
Illustrated History of Canada and wrote 1867: How the
Fathers Made a Deal. Christopher Moore writes a column for
The Beaver. Visit his website at www.christophermoore.ca.