A Brief Chicago Maritime History

By David M. Young  ¶ The French-Canadian voyageur Louis Jolliet was the first to notice the potential utility of the place that was to become Chicago when in 1673 he paddled through the area on his way home to Montreal toward the end of his voyage of discovery with Jacques Marquette. The American Indian nations…

Journeys through the Great Lakes

Here are four of my favorite books on Great Lakes tours. (Click on the book images for details or to purchase at Amazon. We do not earn commission on book sales.)  ¶ The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas By Jerry Dennis St. Martin’s Griffin, 2004, 320 pages, paperback & Kindle…

Shipping and Shipwrecks on the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Shipping Ports & Cargoes By Patrick D. Lapinski Iconografix 2009, 160 pages $26.56 paperback ¶  On average, over 163 million net tons of cargo are moved each year on the Great Lakes in the holds of a vast fleet of steel ships. From the western end of Lake Superior to the shallow, emerald-colored…

Accomodation and Common Meaning between Clashing Cultures: Indians and Europeans

The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 By Richard White Cambridge University Press, 2010 (20th Anniversary Edition) 576 pages, $33.99 paperback ¶ In the first chapter, the author quotes historian Eric Wolf: “Human populations construct their cultures in interaction with one another, and not in isolation.” In the eastern…

Lake Nipigon: Headwaters of the GLB

Lake Nipigon: Where the Great Lakes Begin By Nancy Scott Dundurn, Toronto, 2015 272 pages, paperback, $30 Reviewed by David M. Freedman ¶ Almost every map of North America shows Lake Nipigon as a significant geographic feature of Southern Ontario, yet few people know that it is where the Great Lakes begin. It is the…