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Bruce, 1896 Dinsmore Documentation Project In 1747, several wealthy Virginians established the Ohio Company.One of the earliest investors was George Washington, another was Robert Dinwiddie.
In 1673, Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette discovered the Mississippi River.
It was old – with roots going back to the age of Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh – and wealthy, and had the largest population.
Events in Virginia carried more weight in England than those of any other colony in North America.
Lawrence Valley (Quebec City, 1608, then Montreal, 1642), explored the continent looking for furs. In 1634, Jean Nicolet reached Lake Michigan (Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin).
In 1615, Samuel de Champlain and Etienne Brule reached the Great Lakes (Ontario). In 1657-58, Medard Chouart Desgroseillers and Pierre-Esprit Radisson explored Lake Superior and the upper reach of the Mississippi River (Illinois).
Virginia Environment (Virginia's Early History) by the William L.