Charlevoix, Pierre François Xavier de. Histoire et Description Générale de la Nouvelle France, avec le Journal Historique d'un Voyage Fait par Ordre du Roi dans l'Amérique Septentrionale. Paris: Chez la Veuve Ganeau, 1744.
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Volumes I - VI.
Volume IV: 44 sheets. Original bindings. Hardcover, bound in leather. Pieces: 6.
Xavier de Charlevoix was a Jesuit missionary in New France from 1705 to 1709. In 1720, he was asked to investigate the rumors of the existence of a sea between the New World and the Orient by the regent, Philippe, duke of Orleans.
"Histoire et Description Générale de la Nouvelle France" is the product of more than twenty years of observation and investigation. Volumes V-VI give a detailed description of his observations during a canoe trip down the San Lorenzo river, the Great Lakes, and down the Mississippi all the way to New Orleans, stopping in settlements and fur trading posts. Charlevoix's work was the first to describe the discoveries and French settlements of North America from 1500 to 1736.
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