Near Brimley in Chippewa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Place of the Iroquois Bones
Point Named After Decisive Battle Fought in 1662
"The battle at Iroquois Point was not a minor local skirmish, it was a turning point in Ojibway History… it was to them what Waterloo was to the nations who stopped the encroachments of Napoleon"
—Chase S. and Stellanova Osborn, 1944
"They were the first to defeat the Iroquois, who to the number of a hundred warriors came to take
"They united and formed a circle around the camp of the Iroquois… They entered the camp during a shower of rain, near day light. Not a soul was awake to give the alarm; and every Iroquois was put to death except two. The two saved were furnished a canoe, and told to go and inform their relatives of the result, and tell them never again to venture into the Chippewa country."
—Excerpt from Ozhaguscodaywayquay’s Account (from Schoolcraft, 1827)
Erected by Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway and Hiawatha National Forest.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1662.
Location. 46° 29.042′ N, 84° 37.895′ W. Marker is near Brimley, Michigan, in Chippewa County. Marker can be reached from West Lakeshore Drive (Iroquois Road), 0.7 miles east of South Monocle Lake Road, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located in a boardwalk kiosk at the east end of the Point Iroquois Light Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12942 West Lakeshore Drive, Brimley MI 49715, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glacial Gifts (here, next to this marker); Point Iroquois Light Station (here, next to this marker); Anishinabeg (here, next to this marker); Point Iroquois (within shouting distance of this marker).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Point Iroquois Light Station, Michigan
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1. Why the name "Point Iroquois?". The Iroquois often sent expeditions far from their homeland and attempted to control the trade routes leading east from the Great Lakes. Accounts of a decisive battle at Point Iroquois in 1662 have been passed down for over 300 years. They tell how an Iroquois war party camped near the point where the lighthouse now stands, and how the Chippewa secretly watched their movements and mounted a surprise attack near dawn. (Submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The interesting and tumultuous history of Gros Cap. As dawn approached and the Iroquois began to fall asleep, the Ojibwe quietly beached their canoes. A massacre ensued and all but two Iroquois had been killed. The remaining two were kept (Submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 669 times since then and 193 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.