The Great Lakes Region

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The Huron were a First Nations people around what is currently known as the Great Lakes region. The Jesuits, a group of French Catholic missionaries, voyaged to various parts of the St. Lawrence region. With that, the Jesuit missions of Huronia are significant in understanding the history of Huronia, Catholic conversions of First Nations, the epidemics that ravaged many Aboriginal peoples, and the displacement of the Huron. There were considerable effects of the Jesuit missions, including economic benefits for the French and the Huron, differences and similarities among the two cultures, and the devastating epidemics among the First Nations. This essay argues that the Jesuit missions of Huronia was a contributing force in the eventual…show more content…
By the 1620s, the Huron-French economic alliance was strong and benefitted both partners. As this economic partnership progressed, the Huron people allowed the French to send Catholic priests to Huronia as a part of the Counter-Reformation movement of this time, in which the French aimed “to root out corruption in the Catholic Church” as Christianity split along irreconcilable differences among Catholics and Protestants. Firstly, the Recollet missionaries voyaged to the Huron area to convert Aboriginal peoples to Catholicism and French values. However, due to financial issues, the Recollets worked with the Jesuits from 1625 to 1629, who were wealthy and dominant, whose mission was “to convert non-Christians throughout the world.” Moreover, in 1634, the French-Huron alliance was renewed as the Huron people reluctantly allowed the French missionaries to live among them in Huronia. However, the Huron people were apprehensive of the Jesuits as there had been a considerable loss of life after various European diseases were introduced to them. The Jesuits exerted considerable effort in their missions in Huronia. Firstly, as these distinct cultures closely interacted with each other, a relationship required the building of cooperation and communication. That is, the Jesuits stressed the importance of learning the Huron

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