Simon Le Moyne

Jesuit missionary, born Beauvais, France, 1604; died near Three Rivers, 1665. Sent to Canada in 1638, he acquired a thorough knowledge of the Huron-Iroquois language, and the Indian character, and diplomacy. He was the first European to penetrate among the Onondagas. While on an embassy to the Cayuga Iroquois, he was seized and tortured, barely escaping death to which he had been sentenced.

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