Issue Date: September 20, 1968
City: Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Giori Press
Color: Black, apple green and orange brown
This stamp was issued to honor the French Jesuit missionary Father Jacques Marquette who, with Louis Jolliet, explored the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
Father Jacques Marquette’s Exploration of the Mississippi
In 1673, Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet embarked on an expedition to explore the Mississippi River. Marquette was especially useful during the voyages, as he knew several Indian languages. He was able to gather information from knowledgeable local Indians. The explorers traveled down the Mississippi, which defines Arkansas’ western border, to the mouth of the Arkansas River.