The stated objective of the Jesuit missionaries who were sent to Quebec in 1625 was to bring about the conversion to Christianity of the ‘pagans’ of that country at whatever the cost to themselves or to the would-be converts. A number of them also expressed a desire to be martyred in the course of their stay. Between 1648 and 1649 five Jesuits, Jean de Breboeuf, Antoine Daniel, Gabriel Lalemant, Charles Garnier and Noel Chabanel achieved their desire for martyr­ dom when they were tortured, killed and then eaten by the Iroquois.