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For years, schoolchildren heard the story of Jean Nicolet’s arrival in Wisconsin. But the 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 pieced together a story that is not only more likely but more complicated and interesting. Patrick Jung synthesizes the research about Nicolet and his 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.
About the Author
Patrick J. Jung is a professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in history and anthropology from Marquette University in 19997 and has published three books on Indian-white relations in the upper Mississippi River valley and the western Great Lakes: 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. He has also published two articles on Jean Nicolet: "The Chinese Robe and Other Myths: The Real Story of Jean Nicolet" in Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin's Historical review (Winter-Spring 2010) and "Jean Nicolet (Again): Comment on Ronald J. Mason's 'Where Nicolet and the Winnebagoes First Met'" in Wisconsin Archeologist (July-December 2014).