The complex history of the Marquette and Joliet expedition

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Heard On The Larry Meiller Show
The Mississippi River flows through Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
The Mississippi River flows through Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, just above its confluence with the Wisconsin River, in 2019. Increased flooding in the Upper Mississippi has led to changes in the fish and plant life in and around the river, a new report shows. (Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

In the late 1600s, a Jesuit missionary and a fur trader voyaged down the Mississippi River. Their expedition brought French culture to Wisconsin, but it also caused the removal of Native Americans from their land. We learn more about the complicated history of the Marquette and Joliet expedition.

Episode Credits

  • Larry Meiller Host
  • Clara Neupert Producer
  • A. Emily Ralph Technical Director
  • Michael Douglass Guest
  • Margaret Huettl Guest