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The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century Paperback – December 28, 1997
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Working from firsthand sources--and through the bias and prejudices of his time--noted American historian and writer Francis Parkman produced, in 1867, this prodigious history of the Jesuit priesthood in North America during the early decades of the European colonization.
With reports, memoirs, journals, letters, and other papers both official and private serving as his background, Parkman details the Catholics' attempts to convert the Huron, Algonquin, and Iroquois, as well as the resulting Iroquois war on the converted tribes in 1670s. But Parkman, unlike his fellow contemporary historians, also explores the ways and traditions of the tribes themselves. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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that can inspire young people even in the Twenty First century. These amazing New Frenchmen
and their stories should be told and retold, like the chronicles of King Arthur and his Knights of
the Round Table.
This fascinating book contains much information about the 5 Nations (Iroquois) and the Algonquin tribes and their centuries-long ferocious hatred of each other. The Jesuits sent priests to live among these tribes and the astounding ways these tribes lived are fully explained, especially their culture of torture and canibalism. These priests suffered the greatest physical deprivations and danger living among these war-like people. It also shows the manifold reasons the French were in North America at that time, the most prominant being the fur-trade. While the priests were zealous to convert the Indians to Catholicism, the Crown was interested in the great profits that could be pulled from the forests through making the native peoples dependent on the French.
The book corrects much of the wrong information that most Americans learn about these formidable tribes. It is a gripping look at a culture gone forever and unabashadly shows both the natives' attributes as well as their unrelenting cruelty towards their enemies. The reader comes away with an understanding as to why these peoples are extinct and how in part, their own actions played a definitive role in their eventual demise.
. . . but of this be sure,
To do ought good never will be our task,
But ever to do ill our sole delight,
As being the contrary to his high will
Whom we resist. If then his Providence
Out of our evil seek to bring forth good,
Our labour must be to pervert that end,
And out of good still to find means of evil;
(John Milton, Paradise Lost, book one, 1667)