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Jesuit Mission to Manitoulin 1648-50

Jesuit Mission to Manitoulin 1648-50

Photo by contributor Kal Biro - Posted June, 2004

Jesuit Mission to Manitoulin 1648-50

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The District of Manitoulin
The Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands
On Highway 6 about 16 km south of Little Current
and about 19 km north of the town of Manitowaning
at a place called "Ten Mile Point"

Coordinates: N 45 52.615 W 81 51.129


Plaque Text

In 1648 Father Joseph Poncet, then serving at St. Marie in Huronia, was placed in charge of the Jesuit mission of St. Pierre by his superior Father Paul Ragueneau. This newly created mission was formed to serve the Algonkian-speaking Indians of Manitoulin Island and the north shore of Lake Huron. Poncet, the first known European resident of Manitoulin (called Ile de Ste. Marie by the missionaries and Ekaentoton by the Hurons), served on this island from October, 1648, to May, 1649. He returned to Manitoulin before the end of the latter year, but was compelled to abandon the mission in 1650, following the defeat and dispersal of the Hurons by the Iroquois.

Related Ontario plaque
Jesuit Mission to the Hurons


First Nations

Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands Plaques

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> Posted February 9, 2011
My wife and I stopped here on Sept. 30, 2010, while we were traveling from South Baymouth to Sault Ste. Marie. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed resting here for a while. We were early into a 6-week trip around the USA - with a detour from Niagara Falls over to Sault Ste. Marie. We covered over 10,000 miles in 26 states. But, our drive through this part of Canada remains a highlight of our trip.
Parker Chesson, Durham, NC, USA

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