More Marquette Statue PhotosBy
Our Photo journey to this statue produced more pictures than we expected, so here is an album of shots and close-up details to enjoy. MacNeil depicted an Illini Indian in the grouping. The stone base contains the name of various tribes in the area including Ojibwa, Huron, Ottowa, Menominee, Potawatomi. Many tribes were united in peaceful federations with each other. Several weblinks below offer further information.
In 1673, Father Jacques (Pere) Marquette, the French Jesuit missionary priest, along with explorer Louis Joliet, were the first Europeans to enter what is now the State of Illinois at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Indian tribes in the area were the Hopewell and Illini. MacNeil’s grouping of Marquette and Joliet with and Illini Indian depicts the journey up these tributaries to Lake Michigan in present day Chicago. Native Americans controlled the Mississippi valley with their flourishing fur trade centered on the Illinois River until the French and Indian wars of 1760. The British took over in 1763, and the area became the State of Illinois in 1818.
Further reading on the Great Lakes Tribal Alliance is available here: