Marquette County

 Marquette County



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Marquette County was created in 1843 from parts of Chippewa and Mackinac Counties. It was named for Pierre Marquette.


Pere Marquette

“Now it happened that in those years the Indians of the Lake region were in sore need of friends and counsel for the times were troubled and destruction threatened them. In 1649, a long war of extermination had been ended in Canada in which the Iroquois were victorious and had killed by torture if not in battle, all of their enemies, the Hurons, and along with them, the devoted missionary priests who were living among them. Fifteen missions were burned down and their priests put to death or mutilated in that savage campaign. But the missions of France were only extended because of it- for again the blood of the martyrs proved the seed of the church- and the next priests who volunteered to carry on the missions in this most dangerous field were heroes, like Marquette who came expecting to die a martyr's death. Their devotion in the face of such danger appealed to the Indian warriors as teaching alone had not done.

The Hurons had been friendly listeners to the Christian teachings before they met their defeat, but not converts; now the little bands of them who escaped from the Iroquois, and fled into the Lake Region were turning Christian, and wherever they went among the friendly Algonquin tribes, in the settlements, that they made at the Soo, La Pointe, Mackinaw, St Ignace, and Green Bay missions were established and supported by some of them. They roamed from tribe to tribe, long distances, even down into Illinois, and wherever they went was told the tale of their terrible war and of the devoted Black- Robes of the missions, who had come to live among them to teach them the truths of the Great Spirit and the Hereafter, and who had been true to them through death by fire. There were rumors that the terrible Iroquois were about to pursue the Hurons and conquer the tribes of the West, and also rumors of encroachments and wars by cruel- pale faced English and Spanish invaders at the East and the South, so the tribes at the West were doubly eager to welcome the Black- Robe who came as a friend and to accept the alliance that he offered them with his Great Chief the King of France.”

Source: Indian sketches: Père Marquette and the last of the Pottawatomie chiefs, 1918,Cornelia Steketee Hulst, pp. 3-4


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