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MICHIGAN AS A PROVINCE 1 - 5


He describes at considerable length the evidences of native copper, specimens of which he gathered and sent back to Talon, the intendant, at Quebec. The bulk of his narrative is made up of what was related to him by the Indians and carries evidences of the superstitious notions of the untutored red men. It is clear that the missionary felt very little interest in mineralogy and pursued no scientific investigations, but contented himself with repeating the stories told to him, wild and absurd as they were in some particulars.
In 1863 an article by the late Charles Whittlesey was published in the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, which, after quoting from the relations of the Jesuit fathers, gives other accounts of the first knowledge of the existence of copper in this region. He says that Bouche in the Historie Veritable, etc., 1640, tells of the finding of large masses of pure copper, in one instance of more than 800 pounds weight. All this information came from the French traders who in turn got it from the Indians. There is no doubt that the very first information concerning the Lake Superior country told of copper. The evidences of the systematic procuring of the metal by pre-historic races who dwelt in or traversed the region were later on established beyond question.
Allouez continued his course along the south shore to Chequamagon bay, where he arrived on the 1st day of October, 1665. This is a point in Wisconsin a short distance beyond the western boundary line of Michigan. Here he found a very considerable Indian village, with cultivated fields and a more or less stable population.

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