La Salle, Discovery of The Great West

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Parkman has been hailed as one of America's first great historians and as a master of narrative history. Numerous translations have spread the books around the world. The American writer and literary critic Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) in his book O Canada (1965), described Parkman’s France and England in North America in these terms: The clarity, the momentum and the color of the first volumes of Parkman’s narrative are among the most brilliant achievements of the writing of history as an art.

Parkman's biases, particularly his attitudes about nationality, race, and especially Native Americans, has generated criticism. The Canadian historian W. J. Eccles harshly criticized what he perceived as Parkman's bias against France and Roman Catholic policies, as well as what he considered Parkman's misuse of French language sources. However, Parkman's most severe detractor was the American historian Francis Jennings, an outspoken and controversial critic of the European colonization of North America, who went so far as to characterize Parkman's work as "fiction" and Parkman himself as a "liar".

Unlike Jennings and Eccles, many modern historians have found much to praise in Parkman's work even while recognizing his limitations. Calling Jennings' critique "vitriolic and unfair," the historian Robert S. Allen has said that Parkman's history of France and England in North America "remains a rich mixture of history and literature which few contemporary scholars can hope to emulate". The historian Michael N. McConnell, while acknowledging the historical errors and racial prejudice in Parkman's book The Conspiracy of Pontiac, has said: " would be easy to dismiss Pontiac as a curious perhaps embarrassing artifact of another time and place. Yet Parkman's work represents a pioneering effort; in several ways he anticipated the kind of frontier history now taken for granted...." Parkman's masterful and evocative use of language remains his most enduring and instructive legacy.

This is Vol 3 of Parkman's series "France and England in North America." The LibriVox recording does not include footnotes, many of which are extended quotations from original French sources: See project Gutenberg for footnotes. - Summary by Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Karen Merline

Part 1: Pioneers of France in the New World
Part 2: The Jesuits in North America in the 17th Century
Part 4: The Old Régime in Canada
Part 5: Count Frontenac and New France under Louis XIV
Part 6: Montcalm and Wolfe
Part 7: A Half Century of Conflict (11 hr 17 min)


Introduction 5:28 Read by Phil Schempf
Chapter I 1643-1669 Cavelier De La Salle 15:36 Read by Phil Schempf
Chapter II 1669-1671 La Salle and the Sulpitians 23:01 Read by laurencetrask
Chapter III 1670-1672 The Jesuits on the Lakes 18:47 Read by Paul Esmond
Chapter IV 1667-1672 France Takes Possession of the West 14:12 Read by laurencetrask
Chapter V 1672-1675 The Discovery of the Mississippi 35:55 Read by laurencetrask
Chapter VI 1673-1678 La Salle and Frontenac 36:06 Read by laurencetrask
Chapter VII 1678 Party Strife 15:55 Read by laurencetrask
Chapter VIII 1677, 1678 The Grand Enterprise 15:34 Read by laurencetrask
Chapter IX 1678-1679 La Salle at Niagara 17:43 Read by KevinS
Chapter X 1679 The Launch of the “Griffin” 8:37 Read by Kathleen Moore
Chapter XI 1679 La Salle on the Upper Lakes 21:45 Read by Kathleen Moore
Chapter XII 1679, 1680 La Salle on the Illinois 24:01 Read by Shaun Blake
Chapter XIII 1680 Fort CRÈVECŒUR 12:28 Read by laurencetrask
Chapter XIV 1680 Hardihood of La Salle 18:57 Read by laurencetrask
Chapter XV 1680 Indian Conquerors 20:21 Read by Andrew Kennedy
Chapter XVI 1680 Tonty and the Iroquois 35:16 Read by Andrew Kennedy
Chapter XVII 1680 The Adventures of Hennepin 23:15 Read by Rita Boutros
Chapter XVIII 1680, 1681 Hennepin Among the Sioux 32:47 Read by Rita Boutros
Chapter XIX 1681 La Salle Begins Anew 19:25 Read by Rita Boutros
Chapter XX 1681-1682 Success of La Salle 20:05 Read by Rita Boutros
Chapter XXI 1682, 1683 St. Louis of the Illinois 28:53 Read by Hopeforce1
Chapter XXII 1680-1683 La Salle Painted by Himself 23:34 Read by Theoden Humphrey
Chapter XXIII 1684 A New Enterprise 31:07 Read by Andrew Kennedy
Chapter XXIV 1684, 1685 The Voyage 17:56 Read by laurencetrask
Chapter XXV 1685 La Salle in Texas 21:40 Read by Rita Boutros
Chapter XXVI 1685-1687 St. Louis of Texas 45:20 Read by Rita Boutros
Chapter XXVII 1687 Assassination of La Salle 21:38 Read by Rita Boutros
Chapter XXVIII 1687, 1688 The Innocent and the Guilty 42:46 Read by Rita Boutros
Chapter XXIX 1688-1689 Fate of the Texan Colony 9:21 Read by Nate Oman


(4 stars)

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