Natives and Newcomers in North America


Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents


Topics Students Could Explore:

Cultural Differences  (cf.  JR 6: 228-35 about "good" things) (JR 5: 219-21 on childrearing)
Hunting Techniques  (cf. JR 6: 296-99, 210-213)
Religion and Spirituality  (cf. JR 10: 124-39 on Huron Origins)
Native Law and Government  (JR 10: 254-61 on Huron government) 
Disease and Medicine
Diplomacy and Warfare
Missions (JR 2: 46)   (JR 51: 178-219 on the missions among the Mohawk, see also JR 53: 200-37) (mission at Kahnawake, 1682 letter see JR 62: 166-67 - these books are not yet digitized)
Jesuit Martyrdom (Movie: Black Robe deals with this theme quite effectively) (JR. 31: 16-69)

NB. Remember to use your browser in each volume, since there is not yet an index across volumes.

Web Links: 

New France:

CBC  Special on Canadian History

New France on the Web

Virtual Museum of New France


North American Indians:

Edsitement: an NEH site that describes the best websites in the humanities  (has a category for Native American History)

Native tribal histories

Native Websites from around the world: Native Web

Native American Resources at the Smithsonian

Tenn. Tech. University Native links site

Information on Individual Native Nations

Native American links



Alan Greer, ed., The Jesuit Relations: Natives and Missionaries in Seventeeth-Century North America (Boston and New York: Bedford/St. Martin, 2000). Contains a very useful bibliography

In addition: 

John Demos, The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America (New York: Vintage, 1995; first publ. 1994).

Natalie Zemon Davis, Women on the Margins: Three Seventeenth-Century Lives (Boston: Harvard University Press, 1995).

Neal Salisbury, "'I Love the Place of My Dwelling': Puritan Missionaries and Native Americans in Seventeenth-Century Southern New England," in Carla Pestana and Sharon V. Salinger, eds., Inequality in Early America (Hanover: University Press of New England, 1999): 111-133.

Natalie Zemon Davis, "Iroquois Women, European Women," in Margo Hendricks and Patricia Parker, eds., Women, "Race," and Writing in the Early Modern Period (New York: Routledge, 19994): 243-58.