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Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons (1639-1649)

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted January, 2010

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The Town of Midland
At the museum on Highway 12
1.5 km east of the intersection of
Highway 12 and William Street

Coordinates: N 44 44.049 W 79 50.637


Plaque Text

Founded by the Jesuits in 1639, Sainte-Marie was designed as a central residence for the mission to the Wendat (Huron) peoples. For a decade Sainte-Marie was a major French community, the earliest in what is now Ontario. Prolonged daily contact between native people and Europeans profoundly affected both groups. By the winter of 1648-1649, Huronia was so ravaged by disease and conflict that the Jesuits abandoned and burned Sainte-Marie and with some Wendat followers moved to Christian Island. The following year the Jesuits and Hurons withdrew to Québec.

Related Ontario plaques
Sainte-Marie II
Gateway to Huronia



Midland Plaques

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