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The Real Jean Nicolet | Wisconsin Historical Society

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The Real Jean Nicolet

A Companion Piece to "The Misunderstood Mission of Jean Nicolet" by Patrick J. Jung

The Real Jean Nicolet | Wisconsin Historical Society

Patrick J. Jung's book, "The Misunderstood Mission of Jean Nicolet," tackles the mythology surrounding Jean Nicolet's journey to Wisconsin with newly unearthed evidence and a re-reading of the primary source material to create a new and equally amazing history of this ambassador from New France.

EnlargeAn image of a statue of Jean Nicolet

Jean Nicolet Statue

This statue stands near where it was thought Jean Nicolet landed. View the original source document: WHI 127067

Teachers interested in using the content of the book will find this companion PowerPoint useful for highlighting the new information in the text. Designed as a 'pick-a-path-to-adventure' style narrative, students make choices regarding Nicolet's actual mission and known history, following his story as they choose between facts and myths to advance.

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Learn more about Jean Nicolet in "The Misunderstood Mission of Jean Nicolet" by Patrick J. Jung