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Memorable Manitobans: Pierre-Gabriel Marest (1662-1714)

Missionary.

Born in France and sent to Canada in 1694, he served as chaplain for the expedition led by Iberville that year, keeping a journal for the entire period. He remained as chaplain at Fort Bourbon until 1696, when he was captured by the English. He subsequently was sent to the Illinois confederacy in 1698, which he evangelized until his death.

More information:

Pierre-Gabriel Marest, Dictionary of Canadian Biography II, 454-55.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 29 March 2008

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