The Relationship Between Native Tribes And Native Americans In The 17th Century

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The 17th century was a dynamic period for the Americas in regard to the relationship between native tribes and European colonists. “A Veritable Account of the Martyrdom and Blessed death of Father Jean de Brebeuf and of Father Gabriel L’Alemant, in New France (near present-day Québec, Canada), in the country of the Hurons, by the Iroquois, enemies of the Faith” was written by Father Paul Ragueneau and delves into this relationship and describes a specific interaction that occurred in 1649 in New France (present day Canada) where a Catholic priest, Jean de Brebeuf, was killed during an Iroquois raid of a Huron village. During this period, the cultures of the Huron and Iroquois tribes and the French settlers, specifically Catholics, were vastly different. Because of these differences in culture, the martyrdom of Brebeuf was viewed differently by the two groups. Alternate truths influenced the perception and reception of the martyrdom of Jean de Brebeuf. The Iroquois tribe were a considerably dominant tribe during the time of the martyrdom especially when compared to French settlers. This tribe formed in 1640 and, like many other tribes, had a history of raiding nearby villages. Additionally, the Iroquois were large in numbers and were growing. In the account, a Huron described the seize: “the Iroquois came, to the number of twelve hundred men; took our village and seized Father Brebeuf and his companion”. This was not abnormal for native tribes; many tribes during this

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