In 1739, a carpenter from Québec arrived in New Mexico. Four years later, he was executed for having fomented an Indian rebellion. This article examines the accusations made against this man, Louis-Marie Moreau dit Coulon, and places them in their cultural and historical contexts. Having criticized Catholic practices in the Spanish colony, Moreau attracted the distrust of various Indians and Spanish inhabitants. He described specific war practices from the Mississippi region, and was also accused of having predicted a French invasion. Even if it is difficult to hear Moreau's voice in the judicial documents, he clearly failed to navigate the cultural differences between New France and New Mexico.

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Journal Revue d'Histoire de l'Amerique Francaise
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Lipsett-Rivera, S, & Coates, C. (Colin). (2010). A wandering Canadian Louis-Marie Moreau, known Coulon: Heresy and rebellion in New Mexico. Revue d'Histoire de l'Amerique Francaise, 63(4), 435–464.