Lafitau, Joseph-François (N)
Joseph-François Lafitau (1681-1746) was a French Jesuit, who was engaged in missionary work among the Iroquois in North America during the early 18th century. Unlike Francisco López de Gómara who considered the native Americans as descendants of refugees from Atlantis, Lafitau attributed their origins to have been eastern Mediterranean. He specifically linked the language of the Iroquois with that of Lycia. Lafitau is sometimes referred to as an early diffusionist [1285/6].