Sunday, May 14, 2006

Ghost Empire, Philip Marchand

Ghost Empire by Philip Marchand, subtitle: How the French Almost Conquered North America, 2005, McClelland and Stewart.

A copy of this is on the shelves at the Midland Public Library.

Marchand describes a lot of things in this work. He writes about La Salle and his various expeditions. He visits these sites in Michigan, Illinois, Arkansas, Texas. Along the way he examines his roots as a Franco-American in Massachusetts, the pockets of French descended Americans along La Salle's routes, professional and amateur historians, re-enactors, and the near total absence of the French from historical awareness.

I enjoyed the book a great deal.

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