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.

References:

“Potawatomi History.” Indian Country Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Museum, www.mpm.edu/content/wirp/ICW-152.html.