Sex, drinking, and moral corruption on the Wisconsin frontier in 1702.

Letter ... to Monsieur Louis Hector de Callières, governor [on conditions in the Upper Lakes in 1702]


Father Carheil explains -- at times in graphic detail -- how lust and greed corrupted nearly everyone connected with the fur trade at the western posts. Voyageurs, hunters, explorers and merchants have been romanticized so often that we benefit from seeing the fur trade's 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.


Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
Explorers, Traders, and Settlers
The French Fur Trade
Colonialism Transforms Indian Life
Creator: Carheil, Etienne de, 1633-1726.
Pub Data: In: The Jesuit relations and allied documents...(Cleveland : The Burrows Brothers Co., c1895), vol. LXV, pp. 188-253
Citation: Carheil, Etienne de. "Letter ... to Monsieur Louis Hector de Callières, governor [on conditions in the Upper Lakes in 1702]." The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents...(Cleveland: 1895), vol. LXV: 188-253). Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=16; Visited on: 7/25/2014
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