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Related Web Sites:
Wisconsin's French Connection

History of Crawford County

First Settlement of the County

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"French in Wisconsin" by Wisconsin Historical Society



Interesting Fact:

Prairie du Chien is the second oldest white settlement in Wisconsin. The first settlement is Green Bay.

Study Questions:

  • What were the occupations of Giard, Ange and Antaya while in Prairie du Chien?
  • What was the origin of the three men?
  • According to Zebulon Pike, what was the extent of the Prairie du Chien settlement in 1805?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the history of Prairie du Chien:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 29:

    1899: Musician Duke Ellington is born.
    1961: ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts.

  • April 29

    Historical Highlight

    1781: The first permanent white settlement at Prairie du Chien was established when Basil Giard, Augustin Ange and Pierre Antaya purchased land at the point on the Mississippi River which had long been a port of call for fur traders, explorers and soldiers.

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