Frontenac: The Courtier Governor

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U of Nebraska Press, 2003 - History - 406 pages
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Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac (1622?1698), was a towering figure in North American history. Appointed in 1672 as governor general of New France, he was credited with intimidating the Iroquois, defying British colonial military might, and promoting France?s imperial expansion to the west. W. J. Eccles masterfully debunks these myths, created in part by Francis Parkman, and reveals Frontenac as an anachronism who sought to maintain his privileged status through corruption, favors at court, and the illicit pursuit of commerce in the West. A deft analysis and reexamination of official administrative and military sources have made Frontenac the classic study of a complex and historically misrepresented governor.
 

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Contents

Canada and the Canadians under Louis XIV
1
The Background of Louis Buade Comte de Frontenac
18
High and Mighty Lord
31
Frontenac and the Clergy
51
The Fur Trade
75
The Struggle for the West
99
Frontenac and the Sovereign Council 16751682
127
La Barres Abortive War
157
Frontenacs Border Raids
223
The American Assault on Canada
230
The Little War
244
Western Expansion and the Fur Trade
273
Tartuffe
295
The Feudal Governors End
309
Wars End
328
Conclusion
334

Denonvilles Limited War
173
The Iroquois Total War
186
u Frontenac Returns
198
Military Organization in New France
212
Notes
342
Bibliography
394
Index400
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W. J. Eccles was a professor of history at the University of Toronto and wrote several classic works on New France, including The Canadian Frontier, 1534?1760 and The French in North America, 1500?1765. Peter Moogk is a professor of history at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of La Nouvelle France: The Making of French Canada and Building a House in New France.

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