Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet explored the Mississippi River. Marquette was born in France. He went to Catholic schools and planned to become a missionary. He came to America to teach the Indians about his church. He heard about the great river from the Indians. Jolliet was a French Canadian explorer. He was sent to the Mississippi in hopes of finding a good trade route. Although their goals were different, Marquette and Jolliet worked together to explore the river.
The main idea in this passage is:
It tells where Jolliet was born.
It describes the Mississippi River.
It tells who first discovered the Mississippi River.
It compares the two explorers, Marquette and Jolliet.