My latest article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about King Louis XIV and his role in the development of New France. Click here to read my article about King Louis XIV.
King Louis XIV, king of France (born 5 September 1638 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France; died 1 September 1715 in Versailles, France). Louis XIV was the longest-reigning monarch in European and Canadian history, serving as the king of France for 72 years (from 1643 to 1715) — nearly two years longer than the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1663, Louis XIV assumed direct control of New France as a Crown Colony, sponsoring increased immigration, regulating the fur trade and creating a stronger French military presence in the region. Despite these efforts, Louis XIV’s military and diplomatic endeavours — including repeated wars with the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), as well as the War of the Spanish Succession and the Treaty of Utrecht — shifted the balance of power in North America. This created the eventual conditions for the British conquest of New France with the support of the Iroquois during the Seven Years’ War of 1756–63.
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My latest article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about Canadian Impressionist artist Laura Muntz Lyall (1860-1930). Muntz Lyall was the first Canadian artist to receive an honourable mention at the Paris Salon and the first female Canadian Impressionist artist to have her work become part of the National Gallery of Canada’s collection in Ottawa.
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My new article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about Robert Sympson Jameson, the last British-appointed attorney general of Upper Canada (1833–1837) and the first speaker of the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada (1841–1843).
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I also recently wrote a Canadian Encyclopedia article about Robert Sympson Jameson’s famous wife, Anna Brownell Jameson, an art historian, feminist and author of numerous books including Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada (1838). Click here to read my article on Anna Brownell Jameson in the Canadian Encyclopedia.
My new article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about Frederick William Beechey, Arctic explorer, naval officer, hydrographer, artist and author. Beechey sailed with Sir John Franklin and William Edward Parry and made many sketches of the Arctic. Lake Beechey, Nunavut, and Beechey Point, Alaska, were named in his honour. Beechey was also a godson of the future King William IV, the first member of the royal family to visit what is now Canada.
Click here to read my article about Frederick William Beechey in the Canadian Encyclopedia.
I also recent wrote a Canadian Encyclopedia article about Frederick William Beechey’s daughter, Frances Anne Hopkins, who became a prominent Canadian artist.
The Fall 2023 Carolyn Harris Royal Historian Newsletter is now available online including links to my recent articles in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia, recent media interviews and information about my Fall 2023 courses at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.
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My new article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Robert Laidlaw MacMillan, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and co-founder of the world’s first coronary care unit in 1962. MacMillan is the father of acclaimed historian and author, Margaret MacMillan.
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My new article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Isabel Mackenzie King, the daughter of 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion leader William Lyon Mackenzie and mother of Canada’s longest serving Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King.
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My new article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Frances Anne Hopkins, an artist who sketched and painted Canadian landscapes. Her most famous paintings, including Shooting the Rapids and Canoes in a Fog, Lake Superior, depict long-distance canoe voyages undertaken by the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1860s.
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My new article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Charlotte Gray, the author of a dozen best-selling Canadian history books and an adjunct research professor in the department of history at Carleton University. She is a recipient of the Pierre Berton Award for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history.
Her recent books include The Promise of Canada: People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country (2016), Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise (2019) and Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons: The Lives of Jennie Jerome Churchill and Sara Delano Roosevelt (2023)
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