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When Cultures Meet: First Contact in the Lake Champlain Basin

In 1609, Frenchman Samuel de Champlain became the first European to visit the 110-mile lake that now bears his name. (In 1608, Champlain had founded Quebec City.) In fiction and nonfiction, the series explores the ramifications of contact between Europeans and the native inhabitants in the Champlain Basin and New England generally, and the ensuing history of the region.

Books in this Series

  • Brian Moore, Black Robe
  • Colin G. Calloway, New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America
  • William Cronon, Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England
  • Stephen Brumwell, White Devil: A True Story of War, Savagery, and Vengeance in Colonial America

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