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Indian Hospitality, 1673


Dateline: Upper Mississippi River, late June 1673. During this fourth week of June 331 years ago, Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet paddled downriver from Prairie du Chien for several days without encountering anyone. As the first Europeans to travel this stretch of the great river, they were eager to see where it led and to meet its inhabitants. Finally, on June 25, they followed a tributary to the site of an Illinois village near modern Peoria, where they were greeted with great hospitality and good will. Marquette drew up a detailed account of his hosts and their way of life, including transcriptions of several speeches by their leaders, which can be found in our American Journeys digital collection.
:: Posted in Curiosities on June 23, 2004
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