[ History of Kane County ]

The territory is explored...

marquett.gif (2669 bytes)The growth of Kane County from virgin prairie to an agricultural-industrial area is a study in the evolution of modern government. Now the fifth most populous County in the state, Kane County is included in that part of Illinois travelled by French explorers Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet in 1673.

The Marquette-Joliet expedition traveled down the Mississippi River from Canada and explored this region on their return north along the Illinois River. The land was later claimed for France by the explorer La Salle and his lieutenant, Tonti, and in 1717 was placed under the government of Louisiana.

Kane County, Illinois

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