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Canadian Immigrants to Door County, Wisconsin

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Location: Door County, Wisconsinmap
Surnames/tags: wisconsin migration
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"Door County's namesake came from "Porte des Morte", anglicized as "Death's Door", or the passage between the tip of the Door County Peninsula and Washington Island.[4] It's a common misconception that the name "Death's Door", or "Porte des Morts", arose from the number of shipwrecks associated with the passage. It was instead the result of native-american tales, heard by early French Explorers, related to a failed raid by the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) tribe to capture Washington Island from the rival Pottawatomie tribe in the early 1600's.[5] A storm arose as they war party was half-way across, capsizing and killing about a third of the Ho-Chunk tribe in the process."


"Many Canadian French families migrated to Door County and Wisconsin-Michigan area from 1850-1900. They migrated for land, opportunity and to escape poverty. Many Belgians migrated to during the same time period and found a common French-Belgian language to help connect their families."


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