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Jesuit Missionaries Burned Alive, 17th Century

Jesuit Missionaries Burned Alive, 17th Century


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The North American Martyrs were Jesuit missionaries from Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. By the late 1640s the Jesuits believed they were making progress in their mission to the Huron, and claimed to have made many converts. But, the priests were not universally trusted. Many Huron considered them to be malevolent shamans who brought death and disease wherever they travelled, after European contact, the Huron had suffered high fatalities in epidemics after 1634 of smallpox and other Eurasian infectious diseases, to which aboriginal peoples had no immunity. They were ritually tortured and killed on various dates in the 17th century in Canada, in what is now southern Ontario, and in upstate New York, during the warfare between the Iroquois and the Huron. They have subsequently been canonized and venerated as martyrs by the Catholic Church.

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