Louis (Father Jean Louis) Hennepin
(1640 - 1705)
Louis (Father Jean Louis) Hennepin was active/lived in New York / France, Belgium. Louis Hennepin is known for first sketch Niagara Falls.
Biography Louis (Father Jean Louis) Hennepin
The first person to record in writing and sketching the region of Niagara including Niagara Falls, Father Jean Louis Hennepin was a Roman Catholic priest and missionary who arrived from France in 1679 and became the first known white man to see Niagara Falls. He did a sketch of the Falls while traveling with LaSalle to explore Lake Ontario and the Niagara River.
During the same exploration, the La Salle expedition discovered for westerners the mouth of the Mississippi River
Jean Louis Hennepin was born in Ath, Belgium about 1627, and in his youth entered a Recollet friary. He had an adventurous spirit and traveled widely in Europe. He signed on as an army chaplain of Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle's Mississippi River expe
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