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MICHIGAN AS A PROVINCE 1 - 5


He determined to establish a mission and set about erecting a chapel. This structure was a very primitive affair of bark. In time it was succeeded by the permanent chapel of La Pointe de Saint Esprit.
James Marquette is the most widely known at this day of all the Jesuit missionary explorers. He was born in France in 1637 and arrived in Canada in 1666. In April, 1668, he set out from Quebec and journeyed to the Sault de Ste Marie, where Fathers Raymbault and Jogues had twenty-five years before established a mission, which, however, had been abandoned after the departure of Jogues and the death of Raymbault. With the arrival of Menard and Allouez the mission had been re-established and Marquette took measures to make the establishment a permanent one.
It may be noted in passing that here in the spring of 1671 was performed the ceremony of taking possession in the name of the king of France of all the lands between the east and the west from Montreal to the Sea of the South (Pacific ocean). Monsieur Talon, the intendant, had been instructed by the king to make known the name and power of France among the most unknown and distant tribes. Sieur de Saint Lusson had been commissioned for the task and proceeded to the sault where he convoked the tribes of the surrounding country of more than a hundred leagues, who in the person of their ambassadors met there to the number of fourteen tribes. * All the preparations having been made the people were assembled for a grand public council on the 14th of June. There Saint Lusson caused a cross to be erected and there and then had the arms of France hoisted upon a cedar pole above the cross.

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