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From Torture to Triumph

by W. Michael Fenn, DplPA’75, MA’79

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Ambushed in the wilderness along with French missionaries, this early pioneer in America survived torture and captivity to become an esteemed advisor to the much-feared Mohawks and other Iroquois nations. Guillaume Couture's remarkable life shows how fate, adaptability and courage can influence the course of history. His life story teaches us some very contemporary lessons about the power of faith, experience and openness to other cultures. From centuries-old source documents, Michael Fenn has pieced together the remarkable story of a young carpenter's rise from obscurity to influence in 17th America - revealing the forgotten saga of an ancestor of thousands of Americans and Canadians.


This article appeared in the Alumni Gazette
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