The Church at Nanrantsouak: Sébastien Râle, S.J., and the Wabanaki of Maine's Kennebec River

  title={The Church at Nanrantsouak: S{\'e}bastien R{\^a}le, S.J., and the Wabanaki of Maine's Kennebec River},
  author={William A. V. Clark},
  journal={The Catholic Historical Review},
  pages={225 - 251}
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  • Published 14 September 2006
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French Jesuit Sébastien Râle arrived in Canada in 1689 and was missioned to the Wabanaki natives of the Kennebec River in what is now Maine. Râle accompanied the Wabanaki for thirty years, eventually dying with many of them during an English raid on their principal village, Nanrantsouak ("Norridgewock"). For three centuries, Râle's reputation, for good and ill, has depended primarily on perceptions of his role in the geopolitical and religious rivalries of the Europeans. The initiative of the… 
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