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Volume Listing > Volume 80 > Wisconsin's Fox River Valley and the Mesquakie: a new local history

Schmitz, Neil "Wisconsin's Fox River Valley and the Mesquakie: a new local history"

Wisconsin’s Fox River Valley and the Mesquakie: This article examines the history of the Fox or Mesquakie Indians in the Fox River Valley from the 17th through the 19th centuries. It provides a brief history of the Fox Indians, beginning with their likely mid-17th century retreat from Michigan during the Iroquois wars, and discusses the origin of the French term “les Renards” which was later anglicized to “Fox.” Besides the Jesuit Relations and other early French reports, the article relies heavily on traditional tribal narratives and oral tradition as preserved in ethnographic literature. Fox tribal history is described through the 1836 Treaty of the Cedars; the Menominee and the career of fur trader Augustin Grignon (1780-1860) are also discussed in significant detail. (28 pages)

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Citation: Schmitz, Neil "Wisconsin's Fox River Valley and the Mesquakie: a new local history" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 80 /Issue: 2 (1996-1997)

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