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  Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
by sim1

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is an internationally significant historic site. Sainte-Marie was the 17th century fortress and headquarters for the French Jesuit mission to the Huron nation and was Ontario's first European community. In 1639 the Jesuits, along with lay workers, began construction of this palisaded community that would include barracks, a church, workshops, residences, and a sheltered area for Native visitors. By 1648, Sainte-Marie was a wilderness home to 66 Frenchmen, representing one-fifth of the entire population of New France. Sainte-Marie's history culminated in 1649 when a dramatic turn of events forced the community to abandon and burn their home of 10 years.... there is much more info on their website :

I actually found it a tourist trap, but that is my opinion. The site is nice, but a bit boring. I think they could have done much more with it to bring history alive here. The buildings are rebuild, and they try to give an impression what they were used for. There are guides walking around in period clothing but.... mmmm... they are kinda shy, and don't tell a lot about the history and don't make it feel alive. They only info you have is one piece of paper, describing the use of the buildings.
I've been to Louisburg in Nova Scotia, and that was totally different. The guides there were fantastic, hahaha, and made it like I was back in time. Wish they would try to do that here too. That would make Sainte-Marie among the Hurons much more interesting, and make you able to imagine what it must have been like to live here in those days.

You can see much more about Sainte-Marie among the Hurons on my Midland page

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  • Updated Feb 24, 2010
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