Letter by Reverend Father Etienne de Carheil to Monsieur Louis Hector de Callieres, governor [on conditions in the Upper Lakes in 1702]
@ Wisconsin Historical Society
DescriptionFather Carheil explains -- at times in graphic detail -- how lust and greed corrupted nearly everyone connected with the fur trade at the western posts. Fur trade voyageurs, hunters, explorers and merchants have been romanticized so often that we benefit from seeing its dark side through his eyes. Carheil reveals how French colonialism affected the everyday lives of young French clerks, teenage Indian girls, hardened soldiers, and tribal elders, and asks the government to end the excesses. We have digitized here only the English translation, on the odd-numbered pages, and omitted the facing French text.
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