Dablon, Claude

Dablon, Claude

(klōd däblôN`), 1619?–1697, French Jesuit missionary in North America. He went from France to Canada in 1655 and worked first among the Onondaga Indians in New York, then (1661) among the Cree Indians in the Hudson Bay region. In 1669 he went to take charge of the Western missions, with headquarters at Sault Ste Marie. He accompanied Father AllouezAllouez, Claude Jean
, 1622–89, French Jesuit missionary in Canada and the American Midwest. After arriving (1658) in Canada he served at posts in the St. Lawrence region until 1665, when he went to Lake Superior and founded the Chequamegon Bay mission (near present-day
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 on one exploring journey in the Green Bay-Fox River country. Made superior of the Jesuits in Canada, he served from 1670 to 1680 and from 1686 to 1693 and was director of the great expansion of missionary and exploring work done by the Jesuits.
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