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The Landfall of Jean Nicolet

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Jean Nicolet (1598-1642) was the first European to see Wisconsin and was a prominent French explorer who, for many years, lived among the Indians of Quebec. In 1634, Samuel de Champlain, the Governor of New France, sent Nicolet west on a journey to explore the great interior. According to the records of the Catholic Jesuit missionaries, Nicolet and his seven companions traveled from Quebec via Lake Huron, through the straits of Mackinac into Lake Michigan, stopping at the shores of what is now Green Bay. Nicolet expected to encounter Asian peoples. He donned a Chinese damask robe to greet them but met, instead, a small group of Menomonee Indians. Believing that Nicolet was a son of the gods, the Menomonee celebrated with a great feast in his honor.

RECORD DETAILS

Image ID: 1870

Creation Date: 1907 

Creator Name: Deming, Edwin Willard

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State: Wisconsin

Collection Name: Museum Collection

Genre: Painting

Original Format Type: paintings

Original Format Number: 1942.487

Original Dimensions: unknown

SUBJECTS

Boats

Botany

Clothing

Clothing and dress

Explorers

Indians of North America

Intellectual life

Manners and customs

Men

Menominee Indians

Michigan, Lake

Persons

Shorelines

Special days

Trees

Voyages and travels

Water

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