Dreams of Empire: Canada before 1700


387 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
ISBN 0-660-10977-8




Reviewed by Toby Rupert

Toby Rupert was a librarian living in Toronto.


This is the first volume in an exciting new series intended for the general public and for students. The books will present reproductions of the principal archival documents on high gloss paper, using material drawn from the Public Archives and other international institutions. This current book has a short historical survey followed by 250 documents reproduced from 52 Canadian, American, and European sources (mainly France). These documents include maps, seals, engravings, paintings, medals, and manuscripts, all arranged by topic such as origins, exploration, settlement, government, wars, economy, culture, and religion. Each document has a caption describing the context of its importance (sometimes there are excerpts here if the original is a manuscript), and each document is sourced as to its current physical location. This tool is an excellent idea, and it is offered at a very reasonable price (at least in paperback) for the quality of the reproductions.


Vachon, Andre, with Victorin Chabot and Andre Desrosiers, “Dreams of Empire: Canada before 1700,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 23, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/38791.