On the French Frontier 1700-1800
What did Illinois look like in the 1700's?

Illionois River

The following description was written by Father Jacque Marquette in 1673 traveling down the Illinois river:

"We have never seen anything like this river which we entered, for the richness of the soil, the prairies, the woods, the buffaloes, the elk, the deer; the wildcats, the buzzards, the swans, the ducks, the paraquets and beavers; it is made up of little lakes and little rivers. This upon which we voyaged, it is wide and deep and gentle for 65 leagues."

Excerpt from Michael E. Dotson, In Search of the Golden Fleece, Lockport, IL: Will County Historical Society, 1986:12
Image: Marlin Roos, Illinois River.


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