Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

Herbert W. Rice


In 1535 Cartier sailed up the St. Lawrence River as far as Montreal. At this point the furtherance or his journey was hindered by rapids. About a hundred years after the appearance of Cartier, missionaries, traders and trappers began to see the possibilities of approaching the center of the continent by an entire water route. In 1679 LaSalle built the "Griffin" on Lake Erie and sailed as far as the Detroit River. Progress on the Great Lakes was hindered by the French and Indian Wars and the American Revolution in the Eighteenth Century.


A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the College of Liberal Arts or Marquette University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements tor the Degree of Bachelor of Arts

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