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The Founding of Quebec Summary

In a personal, ambitious tone, Williams speaks of Champlain, whom he refers to as "the perfection of what we lack, here." He cites the historical studies of Francis Parkman, and nudges readers to consider Parkman's work on Champlain. He continues with a survey of the founder, describing his years in North America, his trading, map-making, and his arrival in France where he request one thing of the king: a three-year monopoly of the fur trade, to support his founding project. Williams follows Champlain's course, detailing the travel of the two ships, arrival at Tadoussac harbor, the trouble with one ship getting overtaken by Basques who refused to yield their fur-trading activities to Champlain. He adds an imagined argument, hypothesizing how this great man must have negotiated, found a truce, and continued his way to colonizing Quebec.

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