Rene’ left his home and traveled across the ocean in 1659 looking for adventure. He was prepared for the hard work that would be needed to help build up the untamed lands, what he was not prepared for was the constant threat of attack by the Iroquois Nation. Two years after arriving, out with a group of men to cut stone for a new chapel, they are ambushed by the Mohawk and Oneida. Rene’ is one of the lucky ones who after being beaten and tortured, is adopted into the tribe. It would take him two years to return to Montreal, but the experience would forever leave him distrustful of the any tribe of the Iroquois Nation. Later in life, while running his fur trading post, the safety measures he put into place would not only save his life, but those of his large family.
Targeted Age Group: 12-20
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Growing up I was always encouraged to read and now I enjoy a wide range of books depending on my mood for the day. My favorite genre will always be historical fiction, but I also like to throw in the occasional post-apocalyptic tale, western or modern romance.
After doing years of genealogical research on my family, I found that I had files and files worth of information. The only problem was, it would only make sense to me. I had collected not only birth and death dates but also as much of the history that I could find of my ancestors. Since they were so instrumental in not only the beginning of Detroit but also Montreal, Quebec, and Trois Rivieres, I wanted to find a way to make the information more interesting so our family history will be able to be passed down through the generations. I decided to write up what I thought the life of Etienne Campeau would have been like. Somehow it turned into my first book. Since then I have also released a couple more, all the life stories of some of my more interesting ancestors.
I am a mother of two girls who are now grown and off to college. One is majoring in anthropology and the other in biological sciences. My husband passed away in 2011 and I now find I have a bit of extra time on my hands and enjoy writing. Many more stories will follow since I have over 1200 individuals in my genealogy database. Hope you enjoy them.
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