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Vieau, Jacques


Born in Montreal, Canada, Jacques Vieau [Vieux] was French-Canadian fur trader. In 1776, he moved to Mackinac Island and became clerk for the North West Fur Company. From his post, he traded at La Pointe and Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 1795, North West appointed him as an agent to establish trading posts along the west coast of Lake Michigan. He opened posts at Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Building a residence in what would become Milwaukee and a warehouse along the bluff where the Green Bay trail crossed the Menomonee River, Vieux is considered the first permanent non-Native settler of the region. In 1786, he married Angelique Roy at Green Bay. Angelique was the granddaughter of respected Potawatomi headman Onangises.

Citations

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center: Collections and Research Division. 2005. Juneau Family Manuscripts

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center: Collections and Research Division. 2005. Vieux Family Manuscripts

 

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