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"Marquette and Jolliet: Voyagers on the Mississippi" by Ronald Syme

"The Story of Marquette and Jolliet" by R. Conrad Stein

"Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet" by Jeff Donaldson-Forbes

"Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet" by Zachary Kent

"Louis Jolliet, Explorer of Rivers" by Virginia Louis Snider Eifert



Interesting Fact:

Jolliet's brother, Adrien, was also an explorer in the Great Lakes region.

Study Questions:

  • What was another early spelling of Wisconsin?
  • How much further did Marquette and Jolliet travel once they reached the Mississippi River.
  • What was the purpose of the Marquette and Jolliet expedition?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on June 17:

    1775: The Battle of Bunker Hill takes place near Boston during the Revolutionary War.
    1972: Five burglars are arrested inside the Democratic national headquarters in the Watergate hotel.

  • June 17

    June 17, 1673: Marquette and Jolliet reached the Mississippi River, arriving after a one month journey along Green Bay and the Fox and Wisconsin rivers. Marquette writes the Indian name "Mascoutin" for Wisconsin River. A year later Jolliet will write it on his map as "Miskonsing."

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