Mémoires of Michilimackinac and the Pays d'en Haut
Indians and French in the Upper Great Lakes at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century
Published by: Michigan State University Press
Imprint: Michigan State University Press
Sales Date: 2019-08-01
Mémoires of Michilimackinac offers corrected, unabridged, and properly annotated and edited transcriptions and translations of three important documents related to the French presence and French–Native American relations in the Great Lakes region before 1715. The Relation du sieur De lamotte Cadillac; d’Aigremont’s Mémoire of November 14, 1708; and Bégon’s Mémoire on the Establishment of Michilimackinac of September 20, 1713, are thoroughly examined, with an introduction that places these documents in context; summarizes major findings about Michilimackinac, Native American cultures, and French imperial ambitions in the Great Lakes region; and includes a critical exploration of the documents’ authorship. All three mémoires provide windows into Michilimackinac’s centrality to the French imperial and trade network and the place of Native Americans in French policy during this period, and ultimately contribute to understanding trends, enduring and new, in the scholarship of French and Indians in the upper Great Lakes.
“José António Brandão’s translations of three mémoires illuminate Michilimackinac’s importance to Native people, the French, and the English in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Extensive annotations create the linguistic, cultural, and geographic context from which the documents emerged. Anyone interested in the history of Michilimackinac will find these documents to be an essential source.”
—Keith R. Widder, author of Beyond Pontiac’s Shadow: Michilimackinac and the Anglo-Indian War of 1763