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The Landfall of Jean Nicolet

The Landfall of Jean Nicolet
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Title: The Landfall of Jean Nicolet
Description: 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.

Image ID: 1870
Deming, Edwin Willard
City, State: Wisconsin
Museum Collection
Genre: Painting
Subjects: Trees
Menominee Indians
Special days
Clothing and dress
Voyages and travels
Michigan, Lake

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