Two-volume book tells story of French life in 18th-century Detroit

The French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan (FCHSM) has published its first book, the two-volume Le Détroit du Lac Érié.

Illustration on cover of Volume 1 of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan's two-volume 'Le Détroit du Lac Érié,' written in English, 2016.

Illustration on cover of Volume 1 of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan’s two-volume ‘Le Détroit du Lac Érié,’ written in English, 2016.

Written in English, the 688-page set presents a detailed account of the founding decade of Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit du Lac Érié.

Timothy J. Kent, author of Ft. Pontchartrain at Detroit: A Guide to the Daily Lives of Fur Trade and Military Personnel, Settlers, and Missionaries at French Posts, said, “These two volumes will serve as the standard reference work on the specific individuals who lived and worked in the Detroit River Region during its first decade of permanent French settlement, as well as many of the activities of these people.”

In Volume 1, written by Gail Moreau-DesHarnais and Diane Wolford Sheppard, the timeline from 1694 to 1710 tells the chronological story of the explorations and the early historical events that eventually led to the creation of the present-day city of Detroit, Michigan. The history of the Detroit River Region is explored through family biographies as well as myriad original documents, including legal contracts, land records, census enumerations, and a list of the habitants who agreed to pay for a priest in 1710. Each chapter is fully documented, and illustrated with images that explain the early years of Le Détroit du Lac Érié.

The in-depth articles comprising Volume 2, compiled by Suzanne Boivin Sommerville, broaden and expand upon historical and cultural aspects of Detroit’s first decade.

The total price for the two volumes is $25US for FCHSM members and libraries and $30US for non-members. Books shipped to Canada are $24.95US plus $24.95US for postage.

The table of contents and an order form for the continental US and an order form for Canada are available on the society’s website.

Thanks to John F. for the tip.

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