In the spring of 1651, a 15-year-old Parisian, Pierre-Esprit Radisson, lands in Trois-Rivières on the St. Lawrence River. Within weeks, the course of his life changes dramatically when Iroquois braves capture him. Canoeing across rivers and lakes and portaging over mountains, Radisson’s captors take him to distant lands where they first torture him, then adopt him as a brother. In this first tome of the adventures of North America’s most famous coureur des bois—an independent entrepreneurial woodsman—Radisson recounts his journey throughout North America and his adoption by the Iroquois. This book, which explores a continent’s history in an era of bravery and heroism, is the stuff of legend.
Martin Fournier is a historian and the author of several books, including the Adventures of Radisson Series. He is a former history professor at the Université du Québec à Rimouski and the recipient of the Governor General’s Award. Peter McCambridge is a translator whose work includes the translation of François Barcelo's I Hate Hockey. They both live in Quebec City, Quebec.
"It will please people from 7 to 77." —Archambault.ca
"It's lively and fun, and told as a very accessible tale, which has not been the case in history books for a long time." —Canoe
"Provides lessons in history but is never didactic. Travels in the Iroquois world [are] absolutely enchanting." —Jade Bérubé, author, La Presse