Father Jacques Marquette National Memorial - History
By Sarah Lane
Jan 27, 2005, 14:17

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Father Jacques Marquette National Memorial - Michigan

A National Memorial was created to commemorate Father Jacques Marquette for establishing Michigan’s earliest European settlements. The first was at Sault Ste. Marie in 1668, and the second at St. Ignace in 1671. Here you will learn the tale of the explorer and missionary who immersed himself in both French and Native American cultures. Marquette lived with the Great Lakes Indians from 1666 to his death in 1675. In that time he managed to master several native languages and he helped Louis Jolliet map the Mississippi River.

Father Jacques Marquette National Memorial is open Memorial Day through mid-September. The Memorial is an open-air site overlooking the Straits of Mackinac with a 15-station interpretive trail. It is located in Straits State Park and is operated in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Source: National Park Service

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