Jean Nicolet’s Search for the South Sea: This article recounts the visit of Jean Nicolet (1598-1642) to Wisconsin in 1634. It describes how, in the early 17th century, Samuel de Champlain (1567-1635), governor-general of Canada, sent young interpreters to Indian nations of the western Great Lakes in search of a water route to Asia. It reviews the evidence that one of these, Jean Nicolet, crossed Lake Michigan and met the Ho-Chunk at Red Banks, a few miles northeast of modern Green Bay, in Brown Co. (9 pages)
Nicolet, Jean, 1598-1642;
Explorers; Exploration & discovery; Indians of North America--First contact with Europeans;
Search for the South Sea
By Norman K, Risjord
In the summer of 1634, the French "discovered" Wisconsin.