Maturin Le Petit

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Maturin Le Petit (1693–1739)[1] was a Jesuit priest sent among the Choctaws in 1726[2] and to observe the Natchez in 1730[3] in an area of what became part of Mississippi. He was also in New Orleans.[4] He wrote of the Natchez that, "The sun is the principal object of veneration to these people" and that "they cannot conceive of anything which can be above this heavenly body".[5] The French were fascinated by accounts of the Natchez as they had been ruled by their own Sun King, Louis XIV (le Roi Soleil).[6]


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  6. ^ Man's rise to civilization: the cultural ascent of the Indians of North America Peter Farb Dutton, Mar 9, 1978 314 pages