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The Voyageur's Paddle

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The Voyageur's Paddle by Kathy-Jo Wargin, Illustrated by David Geister (Sleeping Bear Press, 2007).

Location: Conservation Park, August 14-September 1.

Jacques dreams of the day he will hold a canoe paddle and travel the Great Lakes and rivers of the French colonial north woods.

In 1691, A similar French fort was established on the St. Joseph River near Niles. A garrison of 10 soldiers, a commander, a blacksmith, a Catholic priest, interpreter, and 15 additional households made Fort St. Joseph an important fur trading post until the British took over the fort after the French and Indian War.

To read the book again:

Epic Books eBook
https://www.getepic.com/book/15486231/the-voyageurs-paddle

To learn more, about what's behind the story in the book, follow these links:

Fort St. Joseph Museum, Niles, MI
http://www.nilesmi.org/departments_and_divisions/niles_history_center/index.php

Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project
https://wmich.edu/fortstjoseph/about/fort-history

-Beaver
https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u816/2017/beaver.pdf

-Birch Bark Canoes https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u816/2017/birchbark-canoes.pdf

-Fur Trade
https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u816/2017/fur-trade-society.pdf

-The Fur Trade (pamphlet)
https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u816/2017/The%20Fur%20Trade.pdf

-Getting Around in 17th & 18th Century New France
https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u816/2017/getting-around.pdf

-The St. Joseph River: Lifeline of Native Peoples
https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u816/2017/Native%20Use%20of%20St.%20Joseph%20River.pdf

-Traversing the St. Joseph River
https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u816/2017/Transportation.pdf

 

Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/fsjarchaeology/

Fort Michilimackinac
https://www.mackinacparks.com/parks-and-attractions/colonial-michilimackinac/

Dressing a French Canadian Voyageur (video)
https://www.mackinacparks.com/exploreathome/explore-the-sites/virtual-colonial-michilimackinac/

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