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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221264683
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 320
Size : 135 x 215 mm
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The Atlas of Short-lived Lands

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Release date : 03/11/2022
An essay as well as an atlas dedicated to France’s aborted and ephemeral colonies as well as to French sovereign territories from the XVIth to the XXth century
What do “New Floridian France”, “The Isle of Sands”, “Occidental French Australia” as well as the republics of Sonora in north Mexico and of Counani in Brazil have in common? All these names most certainly mean absolutely nothing to you… Despite us all knowing former French colonies like Louisiana, Canada, French... What do “New Floridian France”, “The Isle of Sands”, “Occidental French Australia” as well as the republics of Sonora in north Mexico and of Counani in Brazil have in common? All these names most certainly mean absolutely nothing to you… Despite us all knowing former French colonies like Louisiana, Canada, French Equatorial Africa or French Occidental Africa, there have been around a dozen short-lived colonies and occupied territories under French flag that have been cancelled out by our collective memory. 
This groundbreaking atlas resuscitates the untold tragic-comical adventures of French explorers trying to establish themselves somewhere and eventually failing to do so. Stories of adventures that exude the sweet and captivating scent of geographical romanticism and the alluring appeal of the terrae incognitae far beyond the oceans and civilizations known to us.  
 
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A trailblazing work that explores for the first time the history of roundabout thirty French territories that have been left out of the official annals of French colonization
An innovative approach blending the literary genres of the atlas and the essay, alternating between stories retracing the tragic and humorous adventures of these failed, yet colorful conquerors with maps that appear in a chronological order but can be read in the order chosen by the reader himself
A gallery of colorful and surprising historical figures that astound us by their courage, their ambition, their obliviousness as well as their terrible fate
The latest coup of expert historian Benoist Simmat who has already published a vast array of books, especially the highly successful graphic novel “The incredible History of Wine in the Arenas”
 
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EAN : 9782221264683
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 320
Size : 135 x 215 mm
Robert Laffont