Oct 21, 2014 12:15–1 pm
Did the French explorer Jean Nicolet really don a Chinese robe when he arrived at Green Bay in 1634, thinking he had reached the fabled land of China? Join historian Patrick Jung and learn how this is just one of several myths that has been repeated about Jean Nicolet for over a century. While the popular image of Jean Nicolet as an inland Christopher Columbus seeking a passage to China through the Great Lakes has been an integral part of Wisconsin history and lore for many years, it is little more than mythology that has resulted from a misunderstanding of the original historical sources that describe his voyage. Jung's description of Nicolet's journey will demolish this long-cherished myth, but his reinterpretation of Nicolet's story is, in many ways, far more fascinating.