One of the earliest French missionaries and explorers of the country near the Great Lakes
; born in 1620.
After laboring among the Indians on the St. Lawrence
several years, he penetrated the Western
wilds and established a mission on the western shores of Lake Michigan
, where he heard much about the Mississippi River
, and made notes of what he learned concerning it. He explored Green Bay
, and founded a mission among the Foxes, Miamis
, and other tribes there.
A mission begun by Marquette at Kaskaskia, Ill.
sought to make his permanent field of labor; but when La Salle
, the bitter opponent of the Jesuits, approached in 1679, he retired.
Returning to the Miamis on the St. Joseph's River, he labored for a while, and died, Aug. 27, 1689.
The contributions of Father Allouez
to the Jesuit relations
are most valuable records of the ideas and manners of the Indians.