1641 : First French Priests Reach Michigan

October 4, 2021 all-day

On Oct. 4, 1641, the first Europeans who ventured into the future Michigan arrived in birch bark canoes. French priests Father Isaac Jogues and Father Charles Raymbault arrived at the falls of St. Mary’s River after a 17-day paddling trip from the Georgian Bay in Ontario. They found thousands of Chippewa people when they arrived, who were friendly and open to a permanent mission at the Sault.

Source: Michigan Every Day

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