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Title Journal d’un voyage fait avec Mr. d’Iberville de la rade de Bilocchis dans le haut du Mississipi [manuscript]: avec un detail de tous ce qui sest fait depuis ce temps jusquau depart du vaisseau, 1700 Feb. 1-May 8 / par le R.P. Du Ru Jesuité
Author Du Ru, Paul (1666-1741)
Date
Document Type Diary
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Contemporary copy of Jesuit chaplain Paul Du Ru’s diary (Feb. 1-May 8, 1700) kept during Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville’s second trip from Biloxi Bay up the Mississippi to the village of the Taensa, and return. Du ru describes the expedition’s vessels; the climate, vegetation, and wildlife of the region; religious observations and ceremonies; the construction of Fort Mississippi; visits to the villages of the Bayagoula, Houma, Natchez, Taensa, and Acolapissa Indians; the establishment of missions among the Indians; and relations with the Spanish at Pensacola. French explorers and missionaries mentioned include Antoine Le Moyne, Sieur de Chateauguay; Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville; Pierre du Gué; Pierre Charles Le Sueur; Henry de Tonty; Joseph de Limoges; and Francois Jolliet de Montigny.
Names Le Moyne d’Iberville, Pierre (1661-1706)
Places Biloxi Bay, Fort Mississippi, Mississippi River Valley, Louisiana, United States
Keywords Jesuit, missionary, exploration, pioneer, expedition, climate, wildlife, environment, religion, ceremony
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Missionaries and Education
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast
Language French
Additional Information

Paul Du Ru was Jesuit chaplain on Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville’s second exploratory expedition to Louisiana and the Mississippi River. Born in Vernon, France, in 1666, Du Ru entered the Jesuit order at age twenty. He was selected for the Louisiana mission in 1699 and remained in America after d’Iberville’s return to France. Before being recalled to France in 1702, Du Ru served as chaplain at Fort Biloxi and Fort Mobile.

Translated by Ruth Lapham Butler and published in 1934 by the Caxton Club as: Journal of Paul Du Ru.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 262
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue