Institute of Detroit Studies sponsors new presentation series

Fort Ponchartrain 1701

The Institute for Detroit Studies at Marygrove College is introducing a new multi-disciplinary series of presentations and discussions focusing on recent scholarship about Detroit.

You are invited to attend a presentation entitled “France and the Founding of Detroit, 1701” by Sara Chapman Williams, Associate Professor of History at Oakland University and author of Private Ambition and Political Alliances: The Phélypeaux de Pontchartrain Family and Louis XIV’s Government, 1650-1715.

This talk will focus on the proposals and decisions that led to the French founding of Fort Pontchartrain at Detroit on the frontier of French holdings in North America in 1701. In the talk, we will discuss the documents and sources that provide the basis for this history, and consider the major historical actors involved. Finally, we will explore some tentative answers to the question of why the French sought to establish the settlement, placing proposals for the initiative within the larger context of French colonial aims and policies.

Date: Monday, Sept. 10, 2012
Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Place: Rm. 241 in the Liberal Arts Building, Marygrove College
Parking is free

Park in the lot to the east of the Liberal Arts Building
For additional information, contact Tom Klug ( 313-927-1291
or Mary Byrnes ( 313-927-1289

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