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Early history of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
(1965)

History of Belgium,   pp. 83-86


Page 83

HISTORY         OF    BELGIUM
In 1673 Fathers Marquette and Joliet traveled the Mississipp
south to Arkansas. Returning, the two priests sailed the fllinoi
then the western shore of Lake Michigan to Green Bay.
History records that the French clerics stopped at Port Wash
years later, Fathers Hennepin and Ia Salle cme to the area to do
work among the Indians and convert tem to Christianity.
JTiid-i 6-11  camps were set up at Port washington and Waubeka,, ""e7-we
Some 150 years later, the Belgium area east of the Milwaukee
ward still was the property of Menamonee Indians. In about 1851,
made between them and the white man, thus opening a new era.
As a result of surveys made by the federal
a road was laid from Green Bay to Chicago. It was desiged prim&
military use.
Known as Green Bay Rd., it was built through the Begiu areA
modern-day highway 1) 1 was constructed over what once was a major
In 1834, the g     ent established townships and two years
office was opened in Milwaukee. Land speculators from the east ci
Washington to settle.
The settlement was abandoned temporarily in 1837 in favor of
ing cmmunities in Thiensville, Mequon and Grafton. People began
to Port Washington when a road was cut in 1839 frcm Milwaukee to
Washington.


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