What was the role of Catholicism in the French community?


On the frontier Catholicism was seen as a civilizing and stablizing force. In many ways, the church played a pivitol role in people's lives. Important life events, such as birth, marriage, and death, had a corresponding church ceremony. Priests were often seen as the upholders of morality and lawful behavior. All of the villages along the upper reaches of the Mississippi had a church by the mid 1700s. Built as a place for people to gather, they were rugged structures and the largest buildings outside the fort.
Image: Ceremonial artifacts from church in Cahokia, photograph from Illinois State Historical Library


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