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Jean Nicolet

Jean Nicolet

Photo by contributor Jamie Toeppner - Posted November, 2005

Jean Nicolet

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted October, 2010

Plaque Location

The District of Nipissing
The City of North Bay
In a park at the eastern end of Memorial Drive

Coordinates: N 46 17.900 W 79 27.427


Plaque Text

Born in France about 1598, this explorer, fur trader and interpreter came to Canada in 1608. Under orders from Samuel de Champlain, he spent the following two years with the Algonguins of Allumette Island. He was then sent to the Nipissing Indians of this area and dwelt among them for at least eight years, learning their language, adopting their customs, and strengthening their alliance with the French. Nicolet is generally credited with the discovery of Lake Michigan which he explored as far south as the head of Green Bay in 1634. He later settled in Trois Rivières and was drowned in the St. Lawrence in 1642.

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