1673

1673 (HM21AX)

Location: Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Cape Girardeau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.36', W 89° 31.049'

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Marquette and Joliet

In 1673 Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet let the first French expedition down the Mississippi. Joliet was the explorer; Marquette was the missionary and chaplain. The French hoped to find a rumored big river to the south that might lead to the Pacific. They soon concluded that they were headed not toward the Pacific, but toward the Gulf of Mexico. Near the mouth of the Arkansas River, Native Americans warned them that if they went farther south, they would encounter extreme heat, fierce peoples, and great beast. They turned back to the safety of the French settlements on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence.

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Spanish Exploration
Spanish explored Hernando deSoto was the first European to explore the wide Mississippi River Valley in the 1540's.
Sponsors: Cliff and Mary Kathryn Rudesill

Panel Sponsors:
The Family of James W. and Evelyn Riley
and in the memory of Herbert II Taylor
The Latin phrase meaning "For the greater glory of God"
is the motto of the Jesuits and was added
at the suggestion of the sponsor.
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HM NumberHM21AX
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Placed ByMississippi River Tales, River Heritage Mural Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 276885 N 4131790
Decimal Degrees37.30600000, -89.51748333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.36', W 89° 31.049'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 21.6" N, 89° 31' 2.94" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)573
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1993 N Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63701, US
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