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MICHIGAN AS A PROVINCE 1 - 5


All this was attended with much ceremony, prayers were recited, the cross was blessed, guns were fired, and all the Frenchmen shouted, "Vive le Roi. " Then Father Allouez delivered an oration in which he told the natives what a great and powerful country was France, and what a noble and mighty king ruled over it, and what a blessed thing it was for them to become the subjects of such a king and country. Then Monsieur de Lusson spoke and further impressed his hearers that they were now under the protection of a most puissant monarch. The affair was concluded with a great bonfire at night, when the Te Deum was sung. There were present on this memorable occasion, beside Allouez, James Marquette, Louis Joliet, and other Frenchmen whose names are linked with western history.
Trouble having developed among the Indians at the La Pointe mission where Marquette was employed, one of the Huron tribes removed from there to Michilimackinac and thither Marquette followed them. Here he established the mission of St. Ignace. This locality had long been a favorite resort of the Indians on account of the abundance of fish and game. The neighboring island being in some sort a natural fortification and situated directly in the strait between the two great lakes constituted a key to the door of migrations in any direction. While Marquette was devoted to his missionary duties and profoundly interested in them, he had an active mind and an energetic disposition which did not permit him to be contented with his simple priestly obligations.

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