THE JESUITS IN NORTH AMERICA in the SEVENTEENTH CENTURY by Francis Parkman

by JF

This was published away back in 1867, and whoever this Francis Parkman fellow was, he must certainly have been a Romanist, because no legitimate non-Romanist would ever have written so glowingly about the Jesuits; people–Americans especially–just weren’t as ignorant about this topic then as they are now.

To be sure, Parkman does preface his account with a begrudging acknowledgement of the, uh, well, foibles of Ignatius Loyola himself. But even here Parkman manages to gloat over what a headache Loyola became to Protestantism after that ostensibly Protestant cannonball fatefully nicked the side of his leg.

I am fairly certain that Parkman thought he was writing a rather impartial account. This just has that kind of feel to it. But this reader is a little too well-read in this area to be buying any of that.

What this old book does probably provide is a good deal of specific recorded facts about the customs and lifestyles of several of the once-prominent, now-defunct Indian tribes in what is now Quebec–the tribes of the Algonquin, Erie, Mohawk, Iroquois, etc.–but most especially does it deal with the Huron. Apparently that is the tribe the Jesuits were banking on the most.

It is likely that the exclusively Romanist sources that Parkman is using should be trusted here in this depiction of the details of Indian life; however, given that this is a secret society which prides itself in calling white black and black white whenever it deems necessary to do so, it should be expected that some if not all of the accounts that Parkman gives of Jesuit priests evincing extraordinary heroism and nobility and virtue had been embellished somewhat.

This book also fills in the history as to how Quebec, and most especially Montreal, Quebec, came to be a Jesuit stronghold to this day. What the Jesuits were trying to accomplish with the Hurons in Quebec, writes Parkman with adulation, was to set up the same kind of system that they had already set up a century before in Paraguay with the native tribes down there. Of course, what Parkman doesn’t tell readers is that that system in Paraguay, ambiguously called the “Reductions,” was a system of darkness and slavery, and we can see now, a century after Parkman was writing, that this system of “Reductions” was a forerunner to the oligarchical-collectivist Communist system we know today. At any rate, Jesuitical designs upon the Hurons and in Canada met with less success than with the Indians of South America due to the fact that the Hurons were gradually and eventually wiped out due to disease, starvation, and chronic warfare with the Iroquois.

This book has some valuable history in it, but it should only be recommended for a mature, discerning reader who has been versed in the now-hidden real history of Romanism.

Rating: Δ Δ
10/2012

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