Sunday, December 2, 2007

Riverwalk Gateway [Murals- I: Exploration] - by Ellen Lanyon

Riverwalk Gateway
Continued from the post, Riverwalk Gateway.. click here..
Murals-I Exploration

1673: Guided by the Kaskaskia Indians, Pere Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit missionary, and Louis Jolliet, an explorer, arrive at the portage to Lake Michigan. Jolliet envisioned a waterway that would provided clear passage to the gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi..



Chicago [Chicagou in the Algonquin tongue] was named for the wild onions that grew in abundance on the river banks.

1679: Rene Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle, who built Le Griffon, the first ship of commerce on the Great Lakes, predicted that one day Chicago would be a great city.

1703: La Hontan's map indicated the portage and the site of Chicago on Lake Michigan.

REF: The city of Chicago's Official Site..

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