An adequate- though somewhat skeletonized- introductory biography for 4th and 5th grade reading level begins with...

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CHAMPLAIN, Father of New France

An adequate- though somewhat skeletonized- introductory biography for 4th and 5th grade reading level begins with Champlain's boyhood in France and the tutoring with Father Savant which gave spurs to his dreams of sailing the seas. Later on, his first voyages with his father were made to the Spice Islands. It was not until after the war with Spain in the early 17th century that Champlain was able to make his way to the St. Lawrence River and the humble settlement at Port Royale from which he based further operations, opening up New France. The somewhat meagre account of his comings and goings- his contacts with the Indians- his search for a Northwest Passage and his hopes for building Quebec into a real settlement- is buttressed with descriptions of the hardships and deceptions that were his lot, and the ultimate rewards of his efforts.

Pub Date: Aug. 8, 1955

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Abingdon

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1955