Rapides des Peres

Rapides des Peres (HM744)

Location: De Pere, WI 54115 Brown County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 27.09', W 88° 3.888'

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The rapids at De Pere were well known to all early travelers along the Fox and Wisconsin rivers, which provided the best access to the Mississippi. Despite Indian domination, the waterway served explorers, fur traders and voyageurs, missionaries, and soldiers — principally from France and from Canada (New France).

Beginning in the late 1600s, the French sent various emissaries to maintain good relations with the Indians and to Christianize them; to seek a water route to the Pacific; and to barter with the Indians for furs. In 1668 Nicolas Perrot and Toussaint Baudry came here to establish fur trading; in 1671 Father Claude Allouez built the St. Francis Xavier Mission (hence the name Rapides des Peres); and in 1673 Marquette and Jolliet left from here to search for the Mississippi. Trouble with the Indians along the Fox River resulted in military expeditions in 1716 and in 1728.

Until the completion in 1837 of the military road connecting forts Howard, Winnebago, and Crawford, the waterway was the only channel of communication linking Green Bay with other developing areas in Wisconsin.
HM NumberHM744
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number266
Year Placed1981
Placed ByDe Pere Historical Society Members Ted and Jo Lenfestey
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 12:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 415280 N 4922573
Decimal Degrees44.45150000, -88.06480000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 27.09', W 88° 3.888'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 27' 5.40" N, 88° 3' 53.28" W
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Area Code(s)920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-498 Arbor Ct, De Pere WI 54115, US
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