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Lafitau, Joseph-François
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(May 31, 1681, Bordeaux – Jul 3, 1746, Bordeaux), Jesuit missionary in Québec. From 1712 to 1717 and from 1727 to 1729, Lafitau worked among the Native American Indians (II, 1; Hurons, Iroquois) in the mission at Sault Saint-Louis. After returning to France in 1717, he published a memoir on his discovery of ginseng in America and in 1724 his Mœurs des sauvages amériquains comparées aux mœurs des premiers temps, in which he contrasted his observations to those of other ethnographers as well as the missionary reports (Relations) of the Jesuits. He compared the ethos o…

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Zorn, Jean-François, “Lafitau, Joseph-François”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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