Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Father Jacques Marquette

I took a little walk yesterday evening and found this memorial to the man after whom this town is named.

It looks like some vandals have knocked off Fr Marquette's head and right hand in the above relief at the base of the statue. Here he is preaching to the native people.


  1. Nice post.

    I gotta admit that I really didnt know that much about the guy.


  2. Thanks for posting this one. I remember first hearing about these two Jezzies in 4th grade history class. I don't know what history they teach in the fourth grade now, possibly that evil white men stole the land from the Indians...which would account for the vandalism. That or you have Taliban in your area.

    Had to laugh at the gull on top of the head. If the town fathers (and for all I know mothers) want to avoid excessive bird droppings, I suggest discrete placement of upsideown thumbtacks.

  3. Oh, and meant to say that Fr. Marquette is also represented in National Statuary Hall in the Capitol building in Washington. Each state is allowed to send statues of 2 people who are prominently associated with that state. Fr. Marquette got around a lot, so Wisconsin picked him to be one of their two. [The wiki article is slightly incorrect, stating that the two statues are of "prominent Americans."

    You can see the wikipedia article here .

  4. When original source documents are examined, the Marquette/Jolliet Expedition of Discovery never happened. If one bases their conclusions that it did happen, not on the original documents, but on Shea, Delanglez, Hamilton and Campeau, one will say it did happen. Those four writers all had in common that they were all of the same religious order as Jacques Marquette. Might not their conclusions be recused? There are no government documents of the period that mention Marquette's name, and Jolliet never mentioned Marquette's name. The original Marquette narrative published in 1681 was not by Marquette, but rather notes taken by Claude Dablon from Jolliet on August 1, 1674. And the three important Marquette support documents, the Marquette Map, the St. Mary Narrative, and the Journal of the Second Voyage, all three "discovered" in the 1840's, are not authentic. You can begin by searching "Marquette Map Hoax." For Jesuits at the Mississippi, but not credited, see "Ellington Stone." Counter comments must cite 17th century documents, not historians. Carl J. Weber


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