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Voyages of Samuel de ChamplainSummary and Reviews of Voyages of Samuel de Champlain
Algonquians, Hurons and Iroquois: Champlain Explores America, 1603-1616Summary and Reviews of Algonquians, Hurons and Iroquois: Champlain Explores America, 1603-1616
Narrative of a Voyage to the West Indies and Mexico in the Years 1599-1602Summary and Reviews of Narrative of a Voyage to the West Indies and Mexico in the Years 1599-1602
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Samuel de Champlain

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Samuel de Champlain (1570?-1635) was a French Huguenot, or Protestant, who lived in the context of religious war with the Catholic crown but freedom to explore America for its value in disrupting Spain’s ventures there.  Most remember Champlain for founding Quebec and discovering the lake that memorializes him.  He also formed an alliance with the Huron Indians and began a war with the Iroquois nation that made those tribes bitter French enemies.  He introduced firearms to the Hurons, and, along with the similar introductions elsewhere, changed Native American warfare forever.

Champlain’s literary works reflect the way that Europeans changed American life.  While his narratives are similar to others in that they offer an observation of the territory Champlain is exploring, it also chronicles the growing dominance of Europe over the land.  Champlain even writes about the Indians trying to protect him because they know that without him they will be limited to their current territory.  This, with the introduction of firearms, reflects the European as the central figure in American life as opposed to the Native American.  Literature after Champlain assumes this.


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