The Prince of the French Explorers

The Prince of the French Explorers (HMC6B)

Location: Wickliffe, KY 42087 Ballard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 58.204', W 89° 5.609'

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The Prince of the French Explorers

Commissioned by Louis XIV of France, the Sieur Robert de LaSalle, sweeping down the Mississippi with his flotilla of canoes, stopped in 1682 at this place, in his quest for the mouth of the Mississippi and an outlet for the French fur trade. This river, called Ohio by the Iroquois and Quabache (Wabash) by the Algonquins, was proclaimed by LaSalle, April 9, 1682, to be the northern watershed of the New Province of Louisiana of the French Colonial Empire.

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French Explorers at the Confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers

Accompanied by Pere Jacques Marquette, the Sieur Louis Joliet, commissioned by the French Government at Quebec to explore the Mississippi River, stopped on this bank in 1673, according to the "Jesuit Relations" by Thevenot. They were feasted by the Indians on buffalo meat, bear's grease and white plums.
HM NumberHMC6B
Series This marker is part of the Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society series
Marker Number46
Year Placed1940
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 6:58pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 313645 N 4093599
Decimal Degrees36.97006667, -89.09348333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 58.204', W 89° 5.609'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 58' 12.24" N, 89° 5' 36.54" W
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Area Code(s)270
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 135 Great River Rd, Wickliffe KY 42087, US
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