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The Feral Child of the Fox River

September 21, 2016

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Marie-Angelique Memmie Le Blanc. She was born into the Fox(Meskwaki) tribe in 1712 near the present day Fox Cities in Wisconsin on the western frontier of New France. She grew into early childhood during the time of the Fox Wars - a major challenge to French rule by the Fox Indians. At age 9 she was taken captive, brought to Green Bay and transported to Quebec. As a Lady's servant, she was taken to France. Arriving during a time of plague, her mistress died and Marie-Angelique escaped into the woods. She survived, constantly on the move for almost a decade. She was found and brought to Paris where she became an immediate sensation. Eventually, she learned to read and write. The great Scottish philosopher and founder of Comparative Linguistics, Lord Monbaddo, interviewed her and declared that she was the most interesting person of her time. Marie-Angelique died a wealthy woman in Paris in 1775 at the age of 63. The illustration is from a recent French comic book about her life. Marie-Angelique has become famous again.