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The Jesuit Relations: Natives and Missionaries in Seventeenth-Century North America

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"The Jesuit Relations" is a massive, 73-volume library of French Jesuit missionaries' perspectives on Native North America in the 17th century. Due to the vastness of the collection, these documents, vitally important in telling the story of early American encounters, have been virtually unteachable until now. Allen Greer deftly binds them into a collection, and his ...more
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published March 16th 2000 by Palgrave MacMillan (first published 2000)
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May 02, 2011 Craig rated it really liked it
The book was edited by Allan Greer but the contents were largely written by the French Jesuit priests who reported from New France back to old France during the 17th century. I read this book for the historical content, to see what it was like for western civilization to meet with the indigenous people of North America for the first time....cultures colliding and all that. I also have an interest in Canadian history for genealogical purposes.

The intent of the Jesuit priests was to convert the "h
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Apr 21, 2014 Dana Kraft rated it liked it
This was suggested to accompany The Black Robe, which I enjoyed. I agree that it makes a good companion to that book, and provides more historical background. However, you do need to like to read source material, which I do. This makes me want to read more about missionaries. I find myself feeling empathy for both the Jesuits and the natives. At some level they both seem to understand that the introduction of new weaponry and trading has changed the natives world permanently. Of course, they ...more
Aug 14, 2010 Lindsy rated it really liked it
I thought i was getting the whole deal but this was an abridged version. Still great though.

Also provides some really cool info on the indigenous peoples they were working with.
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Interesting view point from the Jesuits. Read this for my US History class.
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