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A Huron Indian to Jesuit missionary Jean de Brébeuf, 1635

During the 1600s and 1700s Jesuit missionaries traveled to America in an effort to convert Native Americans to Christianity. Although some were successful, others, as this document demonstrates, were not able to supercede Native American religious practices.

You tell us fine stories, and there is nothing in what you say that may not be true; but that is good for you who come across the seas. Do you not see that, as we inhabit a world so different from yours, there must be another heaven for us, and another road to reach it?

Credit: A Huron Indian to Jesuit missionary Jean de Brébeuf, 1635.