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The Bard

1703 or 1704???

The long march

Who/What? Is Andrew?

The Raid

Old Deerfield Road

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St. Clair Flats


Father Gabriel Richard

Woodward's plan for new Detroit

Seal of Detroit

Sacagawea's Child

Toussaint Charbonneau

Route of Lewis and Clark

Statue of Antoine Cadillac, Detroit

Lewis and Clark Journal

Book Five


Hamtramck takes control of Detroit for America

Anthony Wayne

Battle of Saratoga

Brown's Tavern on Harsens Island

Chief Pontiac

The St. Clair Flats, Lake St. Clair

Voyageurs route west

Old Detroit seen from across the Detroit River

Niagara Falls

Detroit Public Library home of Burton Collection

Old Detroit seen from across the Detroit River

The Maroon Bells

The walk to Longshot

The stack from hell

Sleeping Ariadne

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The most expensive route



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Old Citadel of Quebec

General Braddock

Forks of the Ohio River

Michigan Habitant Heritage

Vérendrye monument

Pierre Roy


Book Three: Peace and War

Detroit today

LaSalle's Boat: The Griffin

Replica of old Fort Michillimackinac today. Mackinac Bridge came later.

Antoine Cadillac

Charlesbourg, Quebec St. Charles de Bromee Cemetery Today

Book Five: The City in the Wilderness

Relations of the Jesuits

Jesuits in Quebec


The Allards Book Two: The Hunter

Opiates can ruin lives

Coming Next The Pain Doc

An old home near the Cass Corridor that gave me the inspiration for the Tower Light Mission.

Detroit Public Library, Main Branch

Department of Justice

Hilberry Theater on Wayne State University campus

A treasure on the Cass Corridor

From the Cass Corridor

The Corridor

Book Seven: The Witch

Book Eight: The Chief

Francois* Allard

Quebec City

Detroit Public Library, Main Branch

Driving force of New France - The beaver

Winter in Quebec

Madeleine de Roybon with the Filles de Roi

Les Filles de Roi

Artanne sur Indre: Church and Abbey

Artannes sur Indre

Filles de Roi in 1667

Here is an idealized painting of Les Filles du Roi arriving in Quebec.

Cliffs of Etretat, last view of France as Francois sails to the New World.

Charnel house and old plague cemetery, Rouen, Normandie, France.

Researching in Blacqueville



January 26, 2017

Tags: Fur trade, cod fishing

Meet "Bucky"
Book Thirteen: From the very early days of French Canada, even before Champlain, there were two emerging industries: cod fishing in the waters off the Atlantic where this abundant crop could be dried, salted and taken back to Europe and the fur trade where all manor of animals were shot or more commonly trapped for their furs, highly prized in the old world. Of the two, fish was probably the most lucrative, but in the interior regions like Québec, furs were king, and they certainly remain the most famous today. Many animals were prized for their hides, but the beaver is most familiar to today’s audience. Their fur was used for coats to shield from the winter wind, but more famously for the beaver hat. More to come next week.

Book Thirteen, ribbon farms

January 21, 2017

Tags: Book Thirteen, Ribbon Farms

Quebec Ribbon Farms
Book Thirteen: Early French-Canadian land control. OK, here is my simple-minded description of a convoluted topic. All the land belonged to France, i.e. the King. He, however, gave control to an important Frenchman, in this case Cardinal Richelieu, who in turn gave control to a group known as the Company of 100 Associates. To my knowledge almost all of the people mentioned so far had never seen Canada and likely had little knowledge as to where it even was. The Company in turn divided the land into large strips of land called fiefs or seigneuries. These men, such as Robert Giffard and Jean Juchereau, generally came to and lived in Canada to oversee their land. (Actually still the King’s land). Eventually they began to divide these lands into smaller strips called arriere-fiefs or sous-seigneuries. These were controlled by early settlers like our five families from Perche (Guyon, Langlois, etc.) They could then work some land and rent the rest to tenants who were non-indentured men who came to Canada. They could also employ, engager, who were men who came with an agreement to stay and work for three years, after which they could try to obtain a piece of a sous-seigneurie, find a job, or return to France. The tenants and engager gave a segment of their produce to the sous-seigneurie, who gave a share to the seigneurie, who gave a share to the Company who gave a share Richelieu who gave it to the King. Obviously, the first people to come to Canada did the best with this system.

First Families

January 14, 2017

Tags: Book Thirteen, families

Large families grow nations
Book Thirteen: First families of Canada. By convincing Robert Giffard to bring families as well as workers to reestablish the Canadian colony, Françoise helps grantee the ultimate success of Canada. However the five families from Perche are a meager beginning and it will take more than a generation for enough families and marriageable women to travel to the frozen north. The marriage of Françoise and Noël Langlois (the third in Canadian history) will help as they produce ten children (eight survive) and eventually 74 grandchildren!

Calvados the Place

January 7, 2017

Tags: Book 13, Calvados, the place

Manor house today in Calvados, France
Book Thirteen: Calvados: the place. Today, the department of Calvados is in the region of Normandie. The town of Mortagne is in the department of Orne in the region of Normandie. In 1650, the geography was the same but the political geography has been ever changing. Normandie was called a province in 1650, and Calvados was a comté or county. Mortagne was a town in Perche which was also a comté or county, but today what was Perche is officially called Orne. (However, anyone you ask will tell you they still call it Perche.) In the French Revolution (1790), the traditional political geography of France was changed from Provinces to 83 Departments and the target has been changing ever since. I, for one, now find it incomprehensible. Maybe if I drink some Calvados…

Selected Works

French-Canadian-Detroit history
Here it comes: Philomene’s Doll Six years after the American Civil War ended, six-year-old Philomene sees her mother die horribly in childbirth. Soon she is sent from her home near Detroit to Belle-River, Canada, where, following a series of moves to various families and convents, she ultimately finds a stable home near the place of her birth and marries a young man. Together they build a successful farm and begin a family. We follow her through Prohibition, the Great Depression, and two World Wars, raising a large and varied family through the best and the worst of times. All along, she is comforted and stimulated by a simple rag doll that was the single great gift of her childhood. Based on a true story, it’s a tale of the highest and lowest points of a long life. You will not want to miss it! If you enjoyed 1634-Return to the New World, The Beaver Wars, Fearful Passage North, The Allard Series, or other novels by Dr. Kreis, you will love this one.
Historical Fiction Novel
Gravely wounded at the end of 1634-Return to the New World, Françoise Langlois must fight for her life while the fledgling French colony of Québec must fight for its as the Indian nations enlarge their wars with each other along their new European neighbors. Follow Françoise along with her French-Canadian compatriots as they struggle against all odds to retain and grow their place in the New World.
Historical fiction novel.
An enigmatic young woman emerges from a life of bad circumstances and worse luck, finding herself with a small group of French families traveling to the New world where they will prosper as the early prominent families of Canada.
Historical fiction
1704, the Puritan Massachusetts frontier: The small village of newly wed Elizabeth Price is raided by Indians. She is taken along with 100 of her neighbors and marched through the brutal snows of winter to Montreal where she must begin a new life.
Fiction, Medical intrigue
Convinced they are receiving the finest of care, seniors are being trapped in an inescapable maze while Medicare is being bilked for billions.
Greed and lust breed outrageous healthcare fraud in the rich suburbs of The Motor City.
Fast-paced thriller of outrageous healthcare fraud set in Detroit's inner city.
A young man leaves his home in France for the unknown wilderness of Quebec.
Historical Fiction
Jean-Baptiste Allard follows Antoine Cadillac to the frontiers of New France.
The Allard family battles in vain to save Quebec from the British.
Young Jacques Allard leaves Quebec forever to follow the wilderness ultimately making his family home in the outpost of Detroit.
Jacques Allard and his son follow Lewis and Clark to the sea, returning to find Detroit in ashes.
Young widow, Therese Allard, finds romance and adventure while helping to build Detroit's famous Underground Railroad.
Detroit's young men march off to join the Civil War, returning to began the Industrial Revolution
Detroit during Prohibition, the Great Depression and two World Wars becomes the Motor City.

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