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Pioneers Of France In The New World
Parkman #2

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PIONEERS OF FRANCE IN THE NEW WORLD 

By Francis Parkman 

INTRODUCTION. 

The springs of American civilization, unlike those of the elder world,
lie revealed in the clear light of History.  In appearance they are
feeble; in reality, copious and full of force.  Acting at the sources of
life, instruments otherwise weak become mighty for good and evil, and
men, lost elsewhere in the crowd, stand forth as agents of Destiny.  In
their toils, their sufferings, their conflicts, momentous questions were
at stake, and issues vital to the future world,--the prevalence of
races, the triumph of principles, health or disease, a blessing or a
curse.  On the obscure strife where men died by tens or by scores hung
questions of as deep import for posterity as on those mighty contests of
national adolescence where carnage is reckoned by thousands. 

The subject to which the proposed series will be devoted is that of

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