The Marquette Map Hoax Thesis
by Carl Weber

Following, one can see very specifically the Three Point Marquette Map Hoax Thesis as sent by me to Buisseret.

CCs were sent to the past and present curators of the Newberry Library Map Collection, Robert Karrow and James Akerman.

I had the Three Points (not four) on my website for about ten years. On more than one occasion, I had included the Marquette Map Hoax thesis in correspondence with Buisseret.

However, in the Journal of Illinois History, Buisseret and Kupfer had overlooked a detail of evidence, cited below, about the third point.

The "too accurate for its time," as they wrote, should have quoted me verbatim, "...the map is 140 years ahead of its time" is what I had always said, not simply, "too accurate." 

Omitting the 140 years gives a significant shift of implication because no professional cartographer drew the Illinois River as three sides of an octagon for nearly a century-and-a-half after Marquette supposedly did. The poor reader is left in the dark over whether Marquette, with no training, and associated with no other maps, was "too accurate" by a few years or a few centuries.

As Buisseret and Kupfer inaccurately presented and added to my ideas.

An additional misunderstanding is that Buisseret and Kupfer designate I had a fourth point. On the contrary, I never had a fourth point at any time, over the ten years I had the three point Marquette Map Hoax Thesis on my website. The "pandering" Buisseret and Kupfer specify, was an idea of Francis Borgia Steck in his 1959 Marquette Legends. I don't have the page at hand, but it is in his book.

Additionally, if you look at my three points, they are self-contained and perfectly reasoned. Someone with no training and associated with no other maps could not draw a map nearly a century-and-a-half before the professional European cartographers. That's it. No Immaculate Conception.















Weber Shows Ellingtonstone to Buisseret

Weber showing Buisseret rubbing of Ellington Stone, which Weber has
identified as the earliest European artifact in the Heartland of America. It places
Europeans at the Mississippi two years earlier than generally thought.