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A French priest writes home in 1721 about Indians, beavers, and fur.

Letter XX [on his 1721 visit to Wisconsin]

This is one of many letters that Charlevoix wrote to a correspondent at Paris to try to convey what the New World was like. He was refined and well-educated, and his letters are marked by charm, grace and humor. He went on to write a multi-volume history of New France based on interviews with traders and priests and on unpublished records, which remains one of our best historical sources on early Wisconsin. A volume containing all his letters is linked elsewhere on the Turning Points site.

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Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
Explorers, Traders, and Settlers
The French Fur Trade
Colonialism Transforms Indian Life
Creator: Charlevoix, Pierre François Xavier de, 1682-1761.
Pub Data: In: Journal of a voyage to North-America... (London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley, 1761)
Citation: Charlevoix, Pierre Francois Xavier de. "Letter XX [on his 1721 visit to Wisconsin]" in Journal of a Voyage to North-America... (London, 1761). Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/19/2014
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