Louis-Armand de Lom d’Arce, better known as the Baron de Lahontan, was a French soldier who served in New France (the French colonies of continental North America) from 1683 to 1693 and published three best-selling volumes inspired by his experiences in the colony. Lahontan’s œuvre provided Europeans with a fresh perspective on colonial affairs and gave an account of life in New France that differed substantially, in both tone and content, from earlier ecclesiastical writing such as the Jesuit

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– the detailed annual chronicles of Jesuit missions in New France. Through his œuvre, Lahontan presented a new interpretation of North America and its inhabitants and used his observations of New France and Amerindians to reflect critically on his own society.  

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Citation: Colvill, Olivia. "Baron de Lahontan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 April 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14661, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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