Five of the book's fifteen chapters summarize major excavations at colonial fortifications, four of which are public monuments that currently attract thousands of visitors each year. Another five chapters deal with French colonial villages, and the remainder of the book is devoted to diet, trade, the role of historic documents in the reconstruction of life on the French colonial frontier, and other topics.
"Presents a fascinating array of papers for both their scientific and historical achievement. By combining data drawn from the archaeological as well as the documentary records of the French occupation in the region, the authors are able to treat us to many innovative conclusions. This book, as a cumulation of decades of research, is certain to be a standard for years to come."
Charles E. Cleland, professor and curator of Great Lakes Archaeology and Ethnology.