Father Jacques Marquette

Father Jacques Marquette (HM15ZV)

Location: Jackson, MO 63755 Cape Girardeau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 27.865', W 89° 28.475'

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In 1672 Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette were commissioned by King Louis XIV to discover the course of the Mississippi River. On June 17, 1673, the expedition entered the Mississippi from the Wisconsin River and began its descent by canoe.

On July 4, 1673, the seven-man expedition passed the mouth of the turbulent Missouri River and later observed the confluence of the Ohio and the Mississippi. Upon reaching an Arkansas Indian village near present Helena, July 17, they were certain that the Mississippi flowed into the Gulf of Mexico. Fearful of the Spanish if they continued southward, at this point Father Marquette and Joliet turned back.

A dedicated and gentle priest, Father Marquette first brought the word of God into the Mississippi Valley, gave the world an account of its lands and, with Joliet, laid the basis for France's claim to the area.

Born at Laon, France, June 1, 1637, Father Marquette died April 18, 1675, on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan from the hardships of his missionary life.
HM NumberHM15ZV
Year Placed1968
Placed ByThe Missouri Marquette Tercentenary Commission
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 7:26am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 281149 N 4149269
Decimal Degrees37.46441667, -89.47458333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 27.865', W 89° 28.475'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 27' 51.90" N, 89° 28' 28.50" W
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Area Code(s)573
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11150-11170 Overlook Rd, Jackson MO 63755, US
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