Pierre-Jean De Smet facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsPierre-Jean De Smet
c. 1860-65, by Mathew Brady
|Born||Dendermonde, French First Republic
30 January 1801 in |
|Died||23 May 1873St. Louis, Missouri(aged 72) in|
|Other names||Pieter-Jan De Smet|
|Education||White Marsh Novitiate,
present-day Bowie, Maryland
|Ordained||23 September 1827|
Pierre-Jean De Smet (Dutch and French 30 January 1801 – 23 May 1873), also known as Pieter-Jan De Smet, was a Flemish Catholic priest and member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He is known primarily for his widespread missionary work in the mid-19th century among the Native American peoples, in the midwestern and northwestern United States and western Canada.
His extensive travels as a missionary were said to total 180,000 miles (290,000 km). He was affectionately known as "Friend of Sitting Bull", as he persuaded the Sioux war chief to participate in negotiations with the American government for the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie.
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Engraving of a Kaw (Kansas) village by De Smet, showing earthlodges and other traditional house forms.
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