Parkman offers a long introduction to this book so that you may better understand the American Indians and the interaction between those that chose to venture among them. I have split the introduction into 5 parts listed below. Footnotes have been removed or condensed and or included in the text where appropriate for an easier read. Anyone wishing to do research will find Parkman books well documented with source material and should seek an unaltered copy. Like Theodore Roosevelt, Parkman offers praise, sever criticism & insight freely to authors that have written history. Parkman spent a lifetime gathering source material for his series of history books, visited the locations of which he writes and lived with a western Indian tribe for a time at risk of life so that we might better understand our heritage. This is part of the reason TR lists Parkman an American Hero in His and Henry Cabot Lodge’s book “Hero Tales”.
SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ORGANIZATION
RELIGION AND SUPERSTITIONS
The main text, “The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century” has had the footnotes removed with some remorse because if time was available there is information that could be included in the text (like was done with the introduction ). The trade off is an easy read and audio book that offers the main story without source information distractions.