Sunday, November 25, 2012

No Tweets From the British

Henry IV, King of France in Armour, c. 1610 (L...
Henry IV, King of France in Armour, c. 1610 (Louvre) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I've finished four small blogs on Canadian history and I'm embarrassed to tell you how much I don't know, or if I knew it once, how much I have forgotten.

The first thing I've been wondering about is the valiant British explorers that we learned about in elementary school. 

Where the heck are they? 

I remember thrilling to the exploits of Thompson, Mackenzie, Fraser, Vancouver, etc. - the giants who explored and mapped the North American continent.

But as I worked through the time period from 1497 to the mid 1600s I began to think they'd frozen their laptops in Hudson's Bay because I wasn't getting many tweets from them.

Then I began to suspect that the timeline I was using had a French bias so, although I had originally decided not to, I looked ahead.

And much to my embarrassment I learned that all of those explorers came much later, near the end of the 17th century and into the 18th century.

And once I had peeked ahead the second thought that has stayed with me was how much we, i.e., the English, the French, the Canadians, the Americans, are all interconnected.

Third, I have to warn you that the demise of the Indian nations is interwoven like a bloody thread all the way down our historical timeline.


Anyway things are about to heat up. 

The French King granted a North American fur trading monopoly to the French in 1600. 

The English have given up on finding a north-west passage, (for now), and their king has granted THEM a North American fur trading monopoly.

Uh oh ...

Somebody's got some 'splainin' to do.

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Jane said...

Oh oh, sounds like things are about to get ugly... !! I'm really enjoying this series and also learning a lot.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Oooh...looks like it's going to get quite exciting...and Love your posts, Francie!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Let the fur fly!

Doug Jamieson said...

Nevermind those johnny-come lately Frenchies and Brits. When were the ancient aliens from the History Channel here? That's what I want to hear about.

momto8 said...

proving again, truth is stranger than fiction..
I began listening to Catholic history tapes..oh my gosh! the scandals, the corruption, the could the church have survived?!
history is fascinating...

Introverted Art said...

ohhhhh I love a little drama in the royalty mix here Francie... It adds a Mexican soap opera flair to the history ;-)

Pandorah's Box said...

Who knew that Canadian history was so interesting? :P

Introverted Art said...

Francie, for information purposes total air time was short of 9 hrs... :P

Magaly Guerrero said...

I would tell you the things I’ve forgotten, but you would probably be even more embarrassed on my behalf. And half of it is not really forgotten, just kind of confused. I went to high school in the Dominican Republic, and then again for a couple of years in the US. My goodness, Francie, the historical perspectives and insane and mind boggling. Sometimes I wonder if historians didn’t think of the fact that we could compare books!

Anyway, enough about me and my historical turmoil… let me tell you that this fine gentleman’s armor made me think of women with nice hips and beetles lol