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The Annals of Colonial North America series



Detail from The Torture of the
Jesuit Martyrs, 1664


    Much of the primary source material for the history of the North America following the arrival of the Europeans is compiled in enormous, unwieldy collections or other works that are long out of print. The Annals of Colonial North America (ACNA) series aims to collect this wealth of information and synthesize it into useful, easily accessible, theme-oriented volumes.
    The initial volumes in this series will compile and organize tracts taken from the immense compendium known as the Jesuit Relations. Compiled by Jesuit missionaries traveling in North America during the 17th and 18th centuries, the Relations were extremely popular in their day, detailing travels in unknown lands, tales of strange peoples and cultures, and poignant individual human stories of tragedy and triumph.
    Today, the Relations are also recognized for their immense scholarly value. They represent an utterly irreplaceable record of the native peoples and civilizations who lived during this period. However, the sheer bulk of the 73 volume Jesuit Relations makes it an imposing task for even the most determined scholar to access relevant information.
    In an attempt to make this treasure trove of historical primary source material more accessible, Evolution Publishing is proud to introduce the first volumes in the Annals of Colonial North America series, featuring extracts from the Jesuit Relations. The extracts will be organized by subject matter and condensed into individual easy-to-use volumes. Working from the classic 1896-1901 edition by Reuben Gold Thwaites, the extracted accounts are arranged chronogically and properly referenced. Introductory notes are included at the beginning of each chapter to help give the extracts the proper context.
    These volumes will make excellent additions to academic, governmental, and public libraries as either supplemental indices to the original Jesuit Relations, or as stand-alone primary source records.

"With regard to the condition and character of the primative inhabitants of North America, it is impossible to exaggerate their [The Jesuit Relations] value as an authority. I should add, that the closest examination has left me no doubt that these missionaries wrote in perfect good faith, and that the Relations hold a high place as authentic and trustworthy historical documents."
--Francis Parkman, in The Jesuits in North America

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Volume 1
American Languages in New France
Extracts from the Jesuit Relations
Compiled and edited by Claudio R. Salvucci

"[Includes] an excellent introduction to the linguistic situation in the region during the 17th century.... The extracts tell us much about the languages and customs of the Native Americans. ...American Languages in New France is a fascinating book for anyone interested in Native American languages and is also an invaluable tool for historical linguists, anthropologists, and ethnologists."
--Claude LeBlanc in Language Magazine

    This volume collects valuable fragments of linguistic data and accounts of Native language as used among the Algonquian and Iroquoian tribes of New France. Volume 1 documents not only observations on the languages themselves, but also on the mutual intelligibility and geographical extent of various dialects, the various pidgins and jargons which came into use as a result of cultural contact, and the use of European languages such as French and Basque in native North America.
    This volume also includes several extended tracts in various Native American languages, including Brébeuf's 1636 description of Huron grammar, Lalemant's interlinear translation of a Huron prayer, Vimont's letter in Algonquin, Le Jeune's description of Montagnais, and many others. A map showing the location of the various missions and the approximate distributions of the Native languages is also included, as well as three useful appendices:

    Appendix A - A Native language concordance of the nearly 1,600 Native terms
        mentioned in the volume;
    Appendix B - A chart which assembles the various observations about linguistic
        relationships found in the extracts and compares them with a modern classification.
    Appendix C - Nearly 100 brief biographies from the Thwaites edition of the Jesuits
        mentioned most prominently in the extracts.

Annals of Colonial North America, 1
2002 ~ 344 pp. ~ 3 Appendices ~ Map
Clothbound ~ ISBN: 1-889758-35-3 ~ $75.00 With special discount: $37.50
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Volume 2
Iroquois Wars I
Extracts from the Jesuit Relations and Primary Sources 1535–1650
Compiled and edited by Anthony P. Schiavo, Jr. and Claudio R. Salvucci

    This volume chronicles the phenomenal rise of the Iroquois Confederacy during the "Beaver Wars" of the 17th century. In what were perhaps the greatest series of military conquests in Native American history, the Five Nations of the Iroquois (the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas) subjugated, destroyed, and absorbed enemy tribes stretching over a vast area from eastern Canada to Virginia to Illinois--forever changing the cultural map of eastern North America.
    In this volume, particular attention is given to the wars between the Iroquois and the Hurons, Algonquins and Montagnais that climaxed in total victory for the Iroquois in 1650. The accounts included in this volume cover the underpinnings of the wars and the battles, raids, and skirmishes up to and including the collapse of the Hurons. They are taken from the Jesuit Relations, the writings of Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, and Fr. Gabriel Sagard. During this period, the Iroquois emerged as a dominant force that was both respected and dreaded by neighboring tribes and the European colonial powers alike. Additional extracts touch upon the evolution of fighting techniques among the eastern woodland tribes, strategy and tactics, the treatment of war captives, the influence of European trade, war rituals, and peace negotiations.
     An introduction written by the editors helps place the extracts in their historical context and provides a list of further reading material. Each individual extract is properly cited for easy referencing within the original source material, allowing the book to be used as a companion to the early sources or as a stand-alone reference. Three illustrations and five original campaign maps are provided, as well as three helpful appendices:

    Appendix A - A detailed chronology of events from 1533–1650;
    Appendix B - A synonymy of obscure tribal names contained in the volume;
    Appendix C - Nearly 50 brief biographies of individuals (explorers, native chiefs, and
        missionaries) mentioned prominently in the extracts.

Annals of Colonial North America, 2
2003 ~ 432 pp. ~ 3 Appendices ~ 3 illus. ~ 5 Maps
Clothbound ~ ISBN: 1-889758-34-5 ~ $85.00
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Volume 3
Iroquois Wars II
Extracts from the Jesuit Relations and Other Primary Sources
Compiled and edited by Claudio R. Salvucci and Anthony P. Schiavo, Jr.

    Iroquois Wars II continues the chronicle of the rise of the Iroquois Confederacy during the “Beaver Wars” of the 17th century, using primary source extracts from the Jesuit Relations. The accounts included in this volume cover the incredible series of victories won by the Iroquois over neighboring tribes following the defeat and collapse of their Huron enemies in 1650. Iroquois war parties fought wide-ranging campaigns against enemy tribes and Europeans alike in practically every state east of the Mississippi. In doing so, they destroyed or displaced dozens of tribes, many of which are known to history by their names alone. Extracts covering the stunning defeat of the Neutral confederacy in the 1650s and of the long war with the Susquehannocks (Andaste) are prominently featured. Several detailed extracts covering the dramatic war between the Iroquois and the Eries are also included, along with numerous accounts of the French invasions of Iroquoia in the 1660s and attempts to forge a lasting peace.
    An introduction written by the editors helps place the extracts in their historical context and provides a list of further reading material. Each individual extract is properly cited for easy referencing within the Jesuit Relations, allowing the book to be used as a companion to the Relations or as a stand-alone reference. Six original campaign maps are provided, as well as three helpful appendices:

    Appendix A - A detailed chronology of events from 1650–1675;
    Appendix B - A synonymy of obscure tribal names contained in the volume;
    Appendix C - Nearly 50 brief biographies of individuals (French governors, native
        chiefs, and missionaries) mentioned prominently in the extracts.

Annals of Colonial North America, 3
2003 ~ 424 pp. ~ 3 Appendices ~ 6 maps
Clothbound ~ ISBN: 1-889758-37-X ~ $85.00
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Volume 4
Native American Spirituality
Extracts from the Jesuit Relations
Compiled and edited by Claudio R. Salvucci

    This volume features extracts from the Jesuit Relations dealing directly with American religious belief, both in terms of indigenous spirituality and the various reactions of Native Americans to the Christian religion brought to them by the Jesuits and others.
    Considering the primary mission of the Jesuits, they were keen observers of native spiritual practices and were anxious to learn as much as possible about native belief systems, creation stories, explanations of natural phenomena, etc. This volume collects the multitude of such observations into one handy resource. 

Annals of Colonial North America, 4
ca. 400 pp. ~ Clothbound ~ ISBN: 1-889758-38-8 ~ $85.00 (tent.)

This book has been delayed indefinitely. While it is still on our agenda to publish, we can not give a due date with any confidence. If you are interested in receiving a notification when this book is near to publication, please contact the editor, Claudio Salvucci, at salvucci(at)arxpub.com. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
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Volume 5
Women in New France
Extracts from the Jesuit Relations
Compiled and edited by Katherine Lawn and Claudio R. Salvucci

     Volume 5 presents extracts from the Jesuit Relations that record first-hand observations made by the Jesuit fathers in New France regarding the roles, traditions, words, and actions of both Native American and colonial European women from 1634 to 1790. Together, these extracts present a vivid, poignant, and emotional portrait of the lives and deaths of women in early colonial North America.
    To best illustrate the differing roles and changing circumstances affecting women in this historical setting, the extracts are organized chronologically according to tribal, ethnic, and settlement groupings. Covered in detail are the Montagnais, the various Algonquin nations, the Hurons, Iroquois and Iroquoian-speaking nations (Petun, Neutrals, Eries, and Wenro). Extracts covering the tribes of the lower Mississippi (Houmas, Chickasaw, Natchez, etc.) and the plains (Sioux and Akensas) are also included. Finally, several chapters include extracts dealing with the lives of colonial French women, Catholic nuns, and both native and European women’s lives in the mission towns.
    An introduction written by the editors helps place the extracts in their historical and cultural context and a bibliography of related reading is included. A map of tribal territories and movements from 1600–1700 is provided, as well as an index of principle persons mentioned in the extracts.

Annals of Colonial North America, 5
2005 ~ 348 pp. ~ Map ~ Clothbound ~ ISBN: 1-889758-39-6 ~ $75.00
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Volume 6
Lost Tribes of the Interior
Extracts from the Jesuit Relations and Other Primary Sources
Compiled and edited by Claudio R. Salvucci

    This volume features extracts taken from early primary sources which focus on the various tribes of the Great Lakes region and the Ohio Valley that were not thoroughly documented before their destruction. Tribes mentioned in these extracts include the Neutrals, Eries, Wenros, Massawomecks, Antouhonorons, and others.

Annals of Colonial North America, 6
ca. 300 pp. ~ Clothbound ~ ISBN: 1-889758-49-3 ~ $75.00 (tent.)

This book has been delayed indefinitely. While it is still on our agenda to publish, we can not give a due date with any confidence. If you are interested in receiving a notification when this book is near to publication, please contact the editor, Claudio Salvucci, at salvucci(at)arxpub.com. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
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This forthcoming book may be pre-ordered. Credit cards will not be processed until the item ships. Checks will be cashed immediately.*

Planned Future Volumes:

Volume 7: Iroquois Wars III
Volume 8: Flora and Fauna of Colonia North America
Volume 9: Indian Wars in Colonial New England


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