Wisconsin History Day By Day

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The Mapping of the Great Lakes in the Seventeenth Century

Jesuit Missionaries in Wisconsin

Father Jean Claude Allouez in the Fox Valley, 1669-1670

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"Wisconsin's Early French Inhabitants" by Jo Bartels Alderson

"French in Wisconsin" by the Wisconsin Historical Society



Interesting Fact:

While traveling in the Lake Winnebago and Fox River area, Allouez collected information that was to aid the 1673 exploration of Marquette and Jolliet.

Study Questions:

  • Where were Allouez's missions located in Wisconsin?
  • How long did Allouez stay in Wisconsin?
  • What is his background before coming to Wisconsin and where did he spend the last years of his life?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on May 20:

    1927: Charles Lindbergh takes off on his solo flight aboard the "Spirit of St. Louis" across the Atlantic to France.
    1932: Amelia Earhard takes off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

  • May 20

    May 20, 1670: Father Claude Allouez returned to Sault St. Marie after visiting a Fox village on the Wolf River and a Mascouten village on the upper Fox River. Later in the year Allouez and Father Claude Dablon began three missions in Wisconsin.

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