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Related Web Sites:
Jacques Marquette (Catholic Encyclopedia)

Expedition of Marquette and Joliet, 1673

Read More About It

"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



Interesting Fact:

Jolliet was the first important explorer born in North America from European descent.

Study Questions:

  • Where was the starting point for Marquette and Jolliet?
  • What was the purpose of the expedition?
  • On a map, draw the route of Marquette's and Jolliet's expedition.

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

    1875: The first Kentucky Derby is run.
    1954: The U.S. Supreme Court found that segregated schools were unconstitutional in the famous Brown vs. Board of Education ruling.

  • May 17

    May 17, 1673: Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette began their historic exploration expedition down the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. The expedition was ordered by Frontenac, Governor of Canada.

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