Francis Parkman

Francis Parkman was a 19th-century American historian, best known for his works on the history of the American frontier and his comprehensive series 'France and England in North America'. His meticulous research and vivid narrative style have made his books classic works in the field of American history. Parkman's notable works include 'The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life' and 'Montcalm and Wolfe', the latter chronicling the struggle between the French and British empires for control of North America.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. France And England In North America

    This historical work offers a comprehensive examination of the complex and often turbulent relationship between France and England as they vied for dominance in North America from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. The narrative delves into the exploration, colonization, and eventual conflicts that arose between the two European powers, highlighting the roles of key figures and the impact of their struggles on the indigenous populations. The series of volumes meticulously details the political maneuvers, military engagements, and cultural clashes that ultimately shaped the continent's colonial landscape and set the stage for the future of the United States and Canada.

    The 5277th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The California And Oregon Trail

    This book is a vivid historical account of a 19th-century journey across the American frontier, detailing the author's experiences while traveling from the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains and onward to the Pacific Coast. The narrative captures the rugged beauty of the landscape, the hardships faced by pioneers, and the complex interactions with Native American tribes. The author's observations provide a rich portrayal of the untamed West, offering insights into the daily life, culture, and spirit of adventure that characterized the era of westward expansion.

    The 7168th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Oregon Trail

    "The Oregon Trail" is a historical account of a two-and-a-half month summer tour in 1846 of the U.S. states of Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming. The book captures the experiences of the author and his companion as they journey from St. Louis to the Rocky Mountains and back. The narrative is rich with descriptions of the landscapes, wildlife, and people they encounter, including several Native American tribes. The book provides a vivid depiction of the West before industrialization and settlement.

    The 8619th Greatest Book of All Time