• UNIT-Local History Component
    Title: The First European
    Focus:  The first European to visit this area was a Frenchman named Etinne Brule`, who came here between 1618-1621.
    Connection: Remember when we talked about European explorers coming to the New World.  Today we are going to learn about the first European to reach Michigan.

    Teaching Point: 

    The first European to visit this area was a Frenchman named Etienne Brule, who came here between 1618-1621.

                            a.  Etienne Brule’ left France as a teenager to come to New France (eastern Canada).

                            b.  Samuel de Champlain was governor of New France.

                            c.  Brule’ lived with the Indians to learn languages and customs.

                            d.  Brule’ named the rapids “Saut de Gaston” and called the people “Sauteurs.”

    Resource Materials for Teachers: 

         See pp. 22-24 of City of the Rapids by Bernie Arbic (Priscilla Press, 2003) for information on Brulé; the book Brulé’s Discoveries and Explorations by C. W. Butterfield is a thorough resource for this intriguing figure of early American history, as is the book Etienne Brulé: Immortal Scoundrel by J. Herbert Cranston.

                Although his primacy as a European in visiting the Sault area is undisputed — and he was also the first to lay eyes on several of the Great Lakes — he is a relatively obscure explorer, whose name is not preserved as a place name on our maps. He was not literate, which may have something to do with this lack of recognition.

    Active Engagement: Color Book with descriptive text found on pages 4-5student pages.

    Share:  Trace the route taken by Etenne Brule` on the given map.  Discuss the French influence found in names given to geographic locations in the area.  (towns, streets, land features, etc.)


Last Modified on February 14, 2018