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Interesting Fact:

One of the early names of Green Bay, the body of water, was Baye des Puans, which is translated as Bay of Bad Odors or Bay of Stinkards.

Study Questions:

  • Why was Green Bay a good location for fur traders?
  • Besides the French fur traders and missionaries, was there a large influx of French immigrants who settled in Wisconsin?
  • What is the population of Green Bay today?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on August 21:

    1858: The Lincoln-Douglas debates began.
    1959: Hawaii becomes the 50th state.

  • August 21

    1768: Green Bay at this time consisted of several French-American fur trader families, including those of Augustin and Charles de Langlade and Joseph Roi. Two stores were located on the east bank of the Fox River. Although the French still called the area LaBaye, the British name of Green Bay was beginning to catch on.

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