Measuring Success in the Jesuit Cause

Author(s): Michael Nassaney; José António Brandão

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Jesuit Missions, Plantations, and Industries" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

The site of Fort St. Joseph in southwest Michigan began as a mission in the 1680s when the Jesuits were granted a tract of land by the French crown along the St. Joseph River. For nearly a century a Jesuit priest tended to the souls of the Fort St. Joseph community. The presence of a marriage and baptism register testify to their religious activities from 1720 to 1761. What is less certain is their success at winning converts and the sincerity of the beliefs of both the French and Natives in their flock. Documentary and archaeological evidence can be used to measure success in the Jesuit cause.

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Measuring Success in the Jesuit Cause. Michael Nassaney, José António Brandão. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449036)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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