Oct. 30, 2017

In the footsteps of LaSalle!

The Last Voyageurs: Retracing La Salle's Journey Across America: Sixteen Teenagers on the Adventure of a Lifetime by Lorraine Boissoneault

 

My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my advance reading copy of this book. You ladies rock!

 In the footsteps of La Salle…

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, made a historic journey from the Montreal area in Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. He claimed the land that became the Louisiana Purchase for France. His journey took him through the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf Coast.

In 1976, in commemoration of the United State’s Bicentennial, Reid Lewis assembled an expedition to retrace this historic journey. His team of high school students and teachers, twenty-four souls in all, made this voyage extra special by making their canoes by hand; their clothing, their supplies, etc. were just as they would have been for LaSalle.

This is a story of people not only tracing history but retracing history just as history happened. They could have used modern methods, but they choose to immerse themselves in the entire spirit of the journey.

There are both trials and triumph. They made it all the way using these heavy canoes and period clothing, etc. But there are also the tales of enduring cold temperatures, long portages, dealing with storms and bad weather, mosquitoes, possible sabotage, food problems, arguments among the leaders and more.

Trudge along with our adventures five hundred miles through a terrible winter, with the added problem of moving heavy canoes and supplies. Ride with them as they rush along the rough waters of the Saint Lawrence and the Mississippi. The excitement when the canoes reach the Gulf of Mexico flows off the page and into the reader’s special experience in reading. I felt at times like I could hear rushing water and feel a chill in the air! This has been a very memorable read!

I give the book five stars!

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