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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
Creation
Date:
1907 
Creator
Name:
Deming, Edwin Willard
City, State: Wisconsin
Collection
Name:
Museum Collection
Genre: Painting
Subjects: Trees
Boats
Clothing
Menominee Indians
Special days
Men
Clothing and dress
Explorers
Shorelines
Voyages and travels
Michigan, Lake
 

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