Marker 97: Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Groseilliers

© Photographed June 28, 2013 and July 26, 2018
Erected 1960 by Wisconsin Historical Society
300th Anniversary
Discovery and Exploration of Northwestern Wisconsin
Reserve, Sawyer County, Wisconsin
45° 50.391′ N, 91° 24.385′ W
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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.
The marker is located at a highway pull-off on southbound State Highway 27 / 70, at its intersection with Reserve Road, Stone Lake, Wisconsin 54876.

Wikipedia: Pierre-Esprit Radisson

Pierre-Esprit Radisson at the Wisconsin Historical Society

Wikipedia: Médard Chouart des Groseilliers

The marker (visible in the distance) is at a highway pull-off.

The marker is located in Couderay, Wisconsin.

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