In 1634, while searching for the famed Northwest Passage, the French explorer, Jean Nicolet (1598? – 1642) arrived at what would become Green Bay, Wisconsin. Upon arrival, he encountered a small group of Potawatomi; however, at this point in time, the Potawatomi were living in Michigan. Therefore, this group that met Nicolet were most likely only visiting the region.


“Potawatomi History.” Indian Country Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Museum,