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Voyageur
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The Voyageur is the authoritative account of a unique and colorful group of men whose exploits, songs, and customs comprise an enduring legacy. French Canadians who guided and paddled the canoes of explorers and fur traders, the voyageurs were experts at traversing the treacherous rapids and dangerous open waters of the canoe routes from Quebec and Montreal to the regions bordering the Great Lakes and on to the Mackenzie and Columbia Rivers. During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, explorers and fur traders relied on the voyageurs to open up the vast reaches of North America to settlement and trade.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. I. FURS AND FUR-TRADERS
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. II. PORTRAIT OF THE VOYAGEUR
  2. pp. 11-33
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  1. III. THE VOYAGEUR'S CANOE
  2. pp. 21-32
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  1. IV. VOYAGING
  2. pp. 33-74
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  1. V. FORT LIFE
  2. pp. 75-100
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  1. VI. VOYAGEUR SONGS
  2. pp. 101-156
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  1. VII. THE VOYAGEUR AS SOLDIER
  2. pp. 157-174
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  1. VIII. THE VOYAGEUR AS SETTLER
  2. pp. 175-224
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  1. IX. THE VOYAGEUR AS EXPLORER
  2. pp. 225-264
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 265-282
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 283-289
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