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PISKARET, Simon, Algonquin chief, born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1602; died near Three Rivers in March, 1646. He was champion of the Algonquins, and his marvellous exploits are still recounted among the northwestern Indians. At first he was an enemy of the Jesuits, but he became a Christian in 1642, in the hope of gaining French favor, and soon afterward was really a convert. His conversion aided the French colonization of Canada, and secured a momentary peace between the French and the Indian allies and the Six Nations. This was brought about in the following manner, according to Parkman in his "Jesuits in North America": In the spring of 1645 Piskaret, with six other converted Indians, set out on a war-party, and, after killing fourteen Iroquois, made two prisoners, whom, owing to the instructions of his Jesuit teacher, he treated with unexampled forbearance. He led them to Sillery, and presented them to Governor Montmagny, and they were afterward conveyed to Three Rivers, where Champleur, the commandant, after clothing and equipping them, sent them home. The Mohawks felt this kindness deeply, and on 5 July following they sent an embassy to Three Rivers, led by the chief Kiotsatou. The result was that, on 17 September, a grand council was held at Three Rivers by Governor Montmagny, the Jesuit superiors, and representatives of various tribes, at which a general peace was concluded, and, although it lasted scarcely a year, it had valuable results for the colonization of Canada. Piskaret now followed agriculture in his domain near Three Rivers. He was killed by surprise by a party of Mohawks toward the close of March, 1646, when peace was partially broken.
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