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The Misunderstood Mission of Jean Nicolet: Uncovering the Story of the 1634 Journey

The Misunderstood Mission of Jean Nicolet: Uncovering the Story of the 1634 Journey
The Misunderstood Mission of Jean Nicolet: Uncovering the Story of the 1634 Journey
Hardcover: $28.95
256 pages, 26 b/w photos, 6x9
ISBN: 978-0-87020-879-9

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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Price: $28.95
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By Patrick J. Jung

For years, schoolchildren heard the story of Jean Nicolet's arrival in Wisconsin. But popularized image of the hapless explorer landing with billowing robe and guns blazing, supposedly believing himself to have found a passage to China, is based on scant evidence-- a false narrative perpetuated by fanciful artists' renditions and repetition.

In more recent decades, historians have piced together a story that is not only more plausible but much more complicated and interesting. Patrick Jung synthesizes the research about Nicolet and hist superior Samuel de Champlain, whose diplomatic goals in the region are crucial to understanding this much misunderstood journey across the Great Lakes. Additionally, historical details about Franco-Indian relations and the search for the Northwest Passage provide a framework for understanding Nicolet's famed mission. 

Patrick J. Jung is a professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a PhD in history and anthropology. He has published three books: The Black Hawk War of 1832; The Nicolet Corrigenda: New France Revisited with coauthor Nancy Oestreich Lurie; and The Battle of Wisconsin Heights: Thunder on the Wisconsin.