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 details:
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)
SC #285

Stamp on bottom:
Issued on: September 20, 1968
From: Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Designed by: Stanley W. Galli
SC #1356

Père Jacques Marquette

Un personnage orne l'extérieur de la chapelle du GEC de Nancy. Au milieu de la vigne-vierge se découvre Jacques Marquette (1637-1675), missionnaire jésuite et explorateur de la Nouvelle-France (remarquer la carte en main, notée “America”).
Son souvenir est quelque peu oublié en France. Notons simplement cette statue qui rappelle son noviciat à Nancy, et le Lycée qui porte son nom, à Pont-à-Mousson. Pour l'anecdote, ce lycée occupe l'emplacement des anciens locaux de l'Université où étudia le jeune jésuite.

Nancy, rue Baron-Louis