Relation de l’establissement des françois depuis l’an 1635, en l’isle de la Martinique [Account of the Establishment of the French in the Island of Martinique, Since the Year 1635]

Jacques Bouton. 1640.

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Jesuit priest Jacques Bouton claimed the Caribs of Martinique were too wicked to convert to Christianity.

Quand aux naturels du païs, nos sauvages Caraïbes ; on voit par ce qui a esté rapporté aux chapitres precedens de leurs meurs & de leur façons de faire, la difficulté qu’il y aura à les convertir. Ils vivent à leur ayse dans une tres grande oysiveté, dans une entiere liberté de tout dire, & tout faire, dans l’impunité de leurs crimes, mesme les plus horribles, sans honte de leurs debordemens, nudité, polygamie, yvrognerie, & vilenies […]

[Now as for the natives of the country, our savage Caribs; you can see how hard it will be to convert them from what has been written in the preceding chapters about their customs and manners. They live as they like to, in a state of very great laziness, in a total freedom to say and do anything, with no punishment for their crimes, even the most horrible ones, without shame for their misconduct, nudity, polygamy, drunkenness, and villainy.]

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Item Type Book
Title Relation de l’establissement des françois depuis l’an 1635, en l’isle de la Martinique [Account of the Establishment of the French in the Island of Martinique, Since the Year 1635]
Short Title Establishment of Martinique, 1640
Place of Publication Paris
Creator Jacques Bouton
Publication Date 1640
Language French
Call Number Ayer 1000.5 .M23 B78 1640
Location Special Collections 4th floor