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On this date in 1674, Father Jacques Marquette hunkered down for the winter on the shores of Lake Michigan, making him the first European to settle (loosely speaking) what would later become the site of Chicago. Père Marquette was active throughout the western Great Lakes region, exploring and establishing missions for Indian communities. He is credited with founding the oldest European settlement in the Midwest at Sault Sainte Marie, MI, as well as being the first (with Louis Jolliet) European to scout the Mississippi. It’s well nigh impossible these days to throw a rock in the Great Lakes states without hitting something named Marquette. Now we know why! (Well, one assumes residents of the Great Lakes states had an inkling already.) (Or, you know, people who have a particular interest in early Jesuit explorers in the New World.) (Gotta love those Jesuit explorers!)
Stamp on top:
Issued on: June 17, 1898
From: Omaha, NE (for the Trans-Mississippi Exposition)
Designed by: G. F. C. Smillie (from painting by: William Lamprecht)
Stamp on bottom:
Issued on: September 20, 1968
From: Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Designed by: Stanley W. Galli
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