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Étienne Brûlé (c. 1592 - c. 1633)

Etienne Brule

Photos by contributor Colin Old - Posted January, 2009

Etienne Brule

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The Township of Tiny
In Awenda Provincial Park near the beach at the
northern end of Awenda Park Road
5.6 km north of the park entrance

Coordinates: N 44 51.077 W 80 00.752


Plaque Text

Étienne Brûlé was the first of a long line of adventurous young Canadiens who adopted Indian ways, thereby forming a tenuous link between the two cultures. He had probably been in Canada two years when he was sent by Champlain to live with the Algonkin chief Iroquet in 1610. Most of Brûlé's adult life was spent among the Hurons. He often acted as an interpreter and go-between for French officials and missionaries, and roamed over much of the Great Lakes basin. An undisciplined and turbulent man, he eventually alienated members of the Attignaouantan tribe of the Hurons, who killed him about 1633.

Related Ontario plaque
Samuel de Champlain (died in 1635)

Related Toronto plaque
Étienne Brûlé



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