Fort de Chartres, 1725
|The following story is based on a decision made by
a real person.
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Who was Ollivier Daniel?
It is 1725 and Ollivier Daniel, a young man of perhaps twenty years, has just arrived in the Illinois Country. He has made the hazardous journey down from Canada to start a new life. Now he is ready for his next decision, his work.
Ollivier: Well, I am here! Going, going, going. To keep going! That has been my life. What a journey!
Sometimes you feel that no one before you could have travelled these prairies, these places, and you wonder if you will see others again. Sometimes you are lost. And there is no one to tell you how to go on. But now... I am here!
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