Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

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Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons was Ontario's first European settlement, though at the time the region would have been known as New France. It was settled by French Jesuits in 1639, who co-existed peacefully with their Huron neighbours, learning their language, trading food and other goods and preaching to them. However, due to constant attacks and conflicts with the Iroquois, the Jesuits burned down the settlement in 1649 and along with some Christian Hurons, fled to Quebec. This photograph depicts the new interpretation of the village, open to the public along with a museum, that accurately recreates what life at Sainte-Marie would have been like.

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