Journey Into Mohawk Country

Journey Into Mohawk Country

by George O'Connor

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Overview

Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert was only twenty three when he ventured into Mohawk territory in search of the answers to some pressing questions: where were all the beaver skins that the Indians should have been shipping down the river? Was the money that should have been going into the pockets of the Dutch going to the French instead? Despite freezing temperatures and a scarcity of trustworthy guides, maps, and sometimes even food, Harmen van den Bogaert and his friends set off for a journey through old New York in an attempt to revive the struggling fur trade. Nearly four centuries later, George O'Connor brings Harmen van den Bogaert's journal of his travels to life with simple and striking artwork.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596431065
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 09/05/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 757,744
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

George O'Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. His graphic novel work includes his Olympians series, which retells the classic Greek myths in comics form, and the illustrations for Adam Rapp's Ball Peen Hammer. He has also published several children's picture books, including the New York Times best-selling Kapow, Sally and the Some-Thing, and Uncle Bigfoot. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Journey Into Mohawk Country 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
klai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some reviewer dismissed this book as not very interesting. However, being familiar with Early Modern travelogues, I can say that often _they_ are not very interesting - unless you learn to read between the lines. In this case, while Van den Bogaert's original journal leaves all too much out of the tale, I can say that O'Connor does an admirable job of filling in the gaps with his art, making both the story and the characters more real.
eduscapes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Journey into Mohawk Country is based on a journal by H.M. Van den Bogaert with illustrations by George O'Connor.The diary served as a wonderful focal point for this graphic treatment. Written in the graphic novel style, the book follows a dutch trader who leaves Manhattan Island to explore Indian country in the winter of 1634. The young man meets with various Indian groups, trades tools and weapons for fur and food, and learns about the native cultures.This well-researched book attempts to illustrate the adventure with authentic visuals that reflect the time period and cultures represented, while still making the work accessible to young people. The author takes come liberties in interpreting the journal's references to some issues. For instance, when the author refers to the lack of privacy in some villages, the illustrator shows the frustrations Bogaert probably felt about the lack of toilet facilities.This book serves as an excellent model for anyone wishing to convert an historical text into an engaging graphic reading experience. Teachers should find it particular useful in stimulating interest in this time period.As usual, First Second have succeeded in publishing another outstanding graphic work for all ages.