Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Groseilliers

Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Groseilliers (HMVUZ)

Location: Stone Lake, WI 54876 Sawyer County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 50.391', W 91° 24.385'

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These brothers-in-law during the winter of 1659-60 camped with the Ottawa Indians two miles upstream from this point on Lac Court Oreilles (meaning "Lake of the Short Ears" in French). Early French explorers called the Ottawa Indians "Court Oreilles." Radisson's journal reports that among the gifts they brought to the Indians were "2 ivory combs and 2 wooden ones," also some "red paint and 6 looking glasses of tin." The combs and paint were "to make themselves beautiful, the looking glasses to admire themselves." Radisson and Groseilliers were the first white men to discover and explore northwestern Wisconsin. When the French Governor General of Canada confiscated their rich cargo of furs because he claimed they did not have the proper credentials to trade with the Indians, Radisson and Groseilliers left the service of the French government. They went to England and were instrumental in the formation of the Hudson's Bay Company in Canada.

Erected 1960
300th Anniversary
Discovery and Exploration of Northwestern Wisconsin
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number97
Year Placed1960
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 9:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 623749 N 5077488
Decimal Degrees45.83985000, -91.40641667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 50.391', W 91° 24.385'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 50' 23.46" N, 91° 24' 23.10" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 905-999 Tn Rd 36, Stone Lake WI 54876, US
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