New France: Early Historical Resources

Nov 2019 - Jan 2020

Location: Rm 301, Murray Library (UASC Reading Room)

Curator: David Bindle

On display are examples of early historical observations and documentation regarding early French explorations, settlements and encounters with the indigenous people of North America. 

Also on display is a work by Gordon M. Sayre, published in 1997 titled:

Les Sauvages Américains: Representations of Native Americans in French and English Colonial Literature 

Algonquian and Iroquois natives of the American Northeast were described in great detail by colonial explorers who ventured into the region in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Beginning with the writings of John Smith and Samuel de Champlain, Gordon Sayre analyzes French and English accounts of Native Americans to reveal the rhetorical codes by which their cultures were represented and the influence that these images of Indians had on colonial and modern American society. 

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