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Near Reserve in Sawyer County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Groseilliers

 
 
Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Groseilliers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 17, 2011
1. Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Groseilliers Marker
Inscription.  These brothers-in-law during the winter of 1659-60 camped with the Ottawa Indians two miles upstream from this point on Lac Court Oreilles (meaning "Lake of the Short Ears" in French). Early French explorers called the Ottawa Indians "Court Oreilles." Radisson's journal reports that among the gifts they brought to the Indians were "2 ivory combs and 2 wooden ones," also some "red paint and 6 looking glasses of tin." The combs and paint were "to make themselves beautiful, the looking glasses to admire themselves." Radisson and Groseilliers were the first white men to discover and explore northwestern Wisconsin. When the French Governor General of Canada confiscated their rich cargo of furs because he claimed they did not have the proper credentials to trade with the Indians, Radisson and Groseilliers left the service of the French government. They went to England and were instrumental in the formation of the Hudson's Bay Company in Canada.

Erected 1960
300th Anniversary
Discovery and Exploration of Northwestern Wisconsin

 
Erected 1960 by the Wisconsin
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationIndustry & CommerceNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1960.
 
Location. 45° 50.391′ N, 91° 24.385′ W. Marker is near Reserve, Wisconsin, in Sawyer County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 27 / 70 and Reserve Road, on the left when traveling east on State Highway 27 / 70. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stone Lake WI 54876, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission (approx. 3.6 miles away); Court Oreilles (approx. 5.9 miles away); Namekagon - Court Oreilles Portage (approx. 7.8 miles away); Hayward and the "Big Mill" (approx. 12.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Empire of the Bay. Radission and Groseilliers. (Submitted on September 18, 2011.) 

2. Pierre-Esprit Radisson. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 18, 2011.) 

3. Médard des Groseilliers. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 18, 2011.) 
 
Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Groseilliers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 17, 2011
2. Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Groseilliers Marker
Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Groseilliers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 17, 2011
3. Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Groseilliers Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,102 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 18, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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