Jacques Marquette

French Jesuit and explorer

Father Jacques Marquette S.J. (June 1, 1637 – May 18, 1675),[1] sometimes known as Père Marquette or James Marquette,[2] was a French Jesuit missionary. He founded Michigan's first European settlement, Sault Ste. Marie, and later founded St. Ignace, Michigan.

Jacques Marquette
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1869 portrait of Marquette
Born(1637-06-01)June 1, 1637
DiedMay 18, 1675(1675-05-18) (aged 37)
Other namesPere Marquette

In 1673 Father Marquette and Louis Jolliet were the first Europeans to explore and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River Valley.


  1. "Jacques Marquette". Encyclopædia Britannica.
  2. Catholic Encyclopedia (1913): Archdiocese of Chicago, Retrieved February 23, 2012