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1. Map of Marquette and Jolliet Route Map of Marquette and Jolliet Route Discovery & exploration; French Colonial District; French Colonial Period; Missionaries; Marquette, Pere Jacques, 1636-1675; Joliet, Louis, 1645-1700 Pierre Marquette and Louis Jolliet successfully located the Mississippi River and traveled down it in two birch bark canoes, accompanied by five voyageurs. On the return trip they chose the Illinois River...

2. Voyageurs in a canoe Voyageurs in a canoe French Colonial Period; Transportation; Fur trade; Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909; Voyageurs; Drawing by Frederic Remington. Sometimes the voyageurs transported passengers, as well as cargo.

3. Voyageur holding paddle Voyageur holding paddle Transportation; French Colonial Period; Fur trade; Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909; Voyageurs; Drawing by Frederic Remington of a voyageur holding his paddle, which is almost as tall as he is. His other hand is hooked onto his braided sash, which typically held pipes, pouches of tobacco, and other...

4. Portrait of Jacques Marquette Portrait of Jacques Marquette Discovery & exploration; French Colonial Period; Fur trade; Missionaries; Marquette, Pere Jacques, 1636-1675; Joliet, Louis, 1645-1700 This well-known image of Father (Pere) Marquette is from a painting by an unknown artist.

5. Voyageur Voyageur Transportation; French Colonial Period; Fur trade; Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909; Voyageurs; A drawing by Frederic Remington of a voyageur. A vest, leather footgear, and a jaunty cap with a tassel complete his outfit.

6. Champaign County Plat Book Champaign County Plat Book Champaign County, Illinois; Champaign, Illinois; Maps; Plat book; 1930 Champaign County Plat Book

7. Bolduc House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Bolduc House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri French Colonial District; French Colonial Period; Ste. Genevieve, Missouri; Vertical log construction; Bolduc, Louis The Bolduc House has a stockade or property fence (pieux debouts), typical of many French homes, which encloses its yard and backyard garden, as well as outbuildings. This provided security and kept domestic...

8. Landscape with Birch Trees Landscape with Birch Trees Transportation; French Colonial Period; Fur trade; Voyageurs; Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909 Drawing by Frederic Remington. Paper birch trees grow well in the cool climate of the upper Great Lakes. The bark, which peels off in large sheets, can be used to make canoes.

9. The Coureur de Bois and the Indian The Coureur de Bois and the Indian fur trade; Indians of North America; Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909; A fur trader stands by a birch bark canoe and shakes the hand of an Indian. A second fur trader is seated in the canoe.

10. Pierre Martin/Boismenue House, Dupo, Illinois Pierre Martin/Boismenue House, Dupo, Illinois Architecture; French Colonial Period; French Colonial District; Vertical log construction; Dupo, Illinois; Martin, Pierre; Cahokia, Illinois The vertical log construction of the Pierre Martin house was revealed when the exterior clapboard was removed. The vertical walnut timbers are anchored at top and bottom by wooden pegs, a technique called...

11. Printing Press, c. 1830 Printing Press, c. 1830 Abolition movement; Slaves; Newspapers; Abolition movement; Publishing industry; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; The noted abolitionist Elijah P. Lovejoy (1802-37) is believed to have owned this press, which is in the collection of the Chicago Historical Society.

12. Fort de Chartres, Illinois Fort de Chartres, Illinois French Colonial District; Military history; Forts & fortifications; The third Fort de Chartres, a limestone structure with four bastions, was built by the French in the Illinois Country in 1753, replacing two earlier wooden structures.
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