Jacques Marquette

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Father Jacques Marquette (June 1, 1637–May 18, 1675) was a French missionary who founded Michigan's first European settlement, Sault Ste. Marie, and later founded St. Ignace, Michigan. Father Marquette and Louis Joliet were the first white men to see and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River. They passed through the St. Louis area in 1673, and five years later La Salle claimed the entire valley for France.