10 Facts About Jacques Marquette


Jacques Marquette S J, sometimes known as Pere Marquette or James Marquette, was a French Jesuit missionary who founded Michigan's first European settlement, Sault Sainte Marie, and later founded Saint Ignace.

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In 1673, Jacques Marquette, with Louis Jolliet, an explorer born near Quebec City, was the first European to explore and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River Valley.

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Jacques Marquette came of an ancient family distinguished for its civic and military services.

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Jacques Marquette studied and taught in France for several years, then the Jesuits assigned him to New France in 1666 as a missionary to the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

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In 1668, Jacques Marquette was moved by his superiors to missions farther up the Saint Lawrence River in the western Great Lakes region.

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Joliet-Jacques Marquette expedition traveled to within 435 miles of the Gulf of Mexico but turned back at the mouth of the Arkansas River.

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Jacques Marquette had been returning to his mission at St Ignace, which he had left in 1673, to go exploring in the Mississippi country.

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Jacques Marquette had been returning to his mission at St Ignace, which he had left in 1673 to go on an exploring trip to the Mississippi and the Illinois country.

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Jacques Marquette is memorialized by various statues, monuments, and historical markers:.

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Jacques Marquette has been honored twice on postage stamps issued by the United States:.

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