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Brébeuf, Jean de (Saint)
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(Mar 25, 1593, Condé-sur-Vire, France – Mar 16, 1649, Saint-Ignace, New France, Canada), Jesuit missionary. Brébeuf came to New France in 1625 and almost immediately attempted to evangelize among the Huron Indians. At this time the Huron society was profoundly shaken by disease, contact with Europeans, and warfare with Iroquoian native Americans. Their evangelization was thus accepted as both a new religion and a way of preserving Huron life. Unlike most missionaries of his century, Brébeuf insisted upon adapting native customs, diet, and hab…

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Noll, Mark A., “Brébeuf, Jean de (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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