Fort Sainte Marie II National Historic Site of Canada, Christian Island, Ontario
Posted by: colincan
N 44° 49.342 W 080° 10.089
17T E 565764 N 4963554
Quick Description: Built in 1649 after the destruction of Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, this island redoubt represents the last stand of the Huron-Wendat and their Jesuit allies. They fled Huronia for Quebec only a year later to escape Iroquois attacks.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 12/23/2008 8:48:49 AM
Waymark Code: WM5DJ6
Christian Island and Fort Sainte Marie II on the south shore of Georgian Bay, Ontario, are now settled by the Ojibway Beausoleil First Nation. In 1649 however the hastily constructed fort was refuge to the Huron Wendat after the Iroquois had levelled the Jesuit Mission at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons at nearby Midland. A year of privation on Christian Island ensued and the Jesuits were compelled to lead the survivors amongst their native allies, no more than a few hundred, into exile to the heart of New France. To this day descendants of the Huron Wendat live in Lorette on the outskirts of Quebec City. The Dispersal of the Huron Wendat from Huronia in Central Ontario is commemorated at Wendake, Quebec, as an event of national historic significance. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada federal plaque on Christian Island was erected in 1923.
Classification: National Historic Site
Province or Territory: Ontario
Location - City name/Town name: Christian Island, Ontario
Link to Parks Canada entry (must be on www.pc.gc.ca): [Web Link]
Link to HistoricPlaces.ca: Not listed
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