First Lady of Detroit The Story of Marie-Therese Guyon, Mme. Cadillac by Karen Elizabeth Bush


First Lady of Detroit The Story of Marie-Therese Guyon, Mme. Cadillac by Karen Elizabeth Bush

The story of the wife of Antoine Laumet de Lamothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit. First Lady of Detroit is the spirited tale of an adventurous girl who grew up to commission and equip her own expedition to le Detroit, joining her husband there in the fall of 1701 - less than a dozen weeks after Fort Pontchartrain was carved out of the Michigan wilderness. Born in 1671, Marie-Therese Guyon was educated in Quebec by Ursuline nuns. Although she was schooled to be a lady, her life was filled with excitement. She married the dashing and ambitious Antoine Laumet de Lamothe Cadillac just a month after they met. They would have thirteen children. Marie Therese took life in stride - whether it included fire, an escape into the forest, kidnapping by a Spanish privateer, or just the need to purchase supplies for her husband's troops. The author interweaves vivid historical detail with entertaining dialogue and clever storytelling as she re-creates the life of this remarkable woman. To aid her audience, she has added notes explaining how the story was created from available historical facts. First Lady of Detroit is designed to appeal to older children, but readers of all ages are sure to find this a fascinating look at life in Nouvelle France.

About the Author

Karen Elizabeth Bush, a lifelong resident of southeastern Michigan, began her career as a teacher and moved to marketing and sales. She presently owns Lexicon Services, a business communications company. She has written numerous stories for young audiences, including The Dragon Lure, The Anasazi Treasure, Jo Hammet and the Great Jewel Robbery, and The Story Box (all Entertainment Publications) and The Cornerstone (Dorrance).

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160 pages
Interest Age: 10+


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Publication date

30th September 2001



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