Name

Jacques Marquette

Career

Other

Occupation 1

French Jesuit

Region

The World

Era

Anglo-American Atlantic World (1641-1750)

Born

1637

Died

1675

Source

Text Jesuit Nicolas missionary and explorer� Immediately after his ordination to the priesthood at Toul in March 1666, his religious superiors assigned him to New France (Canada); he arrived at Quebec on 20 September.

One month later he was assigned to Trois Rivi�res to study the Algonquian language and the customs of Native Americans with the Jesuit Gabriel Druilletes� After a brief return to Quebec, he set out from Montreal for the mission station at Sault Ste. Marie, where for a year and a half he worked as a missionary, mainly with the Chippewas. In August 1669 he was then assigned to a newer mission on the southwestern end of Lake Superior� He met members of the Illinois tribe, who told him about a great river that flowed southward. Fearing attacks by the Sioux against his mission at La Pointe, Marquette persuaded many of his converts to move to a new mission at Michilimackinac, Michigan, which he named Saint-Ignace.