Madeline Island was named after Madeline Cadotte.
She was the daughter of Chief White Crane, and Madeline was her Christian name. Her Native American name was Ikwesewe, although there are some spelling variations, (such as Equay-say-way).
She married Michel Cadotte, manager of the Fur Trading company. They were married in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. And upon returning to LaPointe, Chief White Crane dereed that the island should be named "Madeline" in honor of his daughter.
Her headstone no longer exists, but a blue pennant fron the state Historical society marks her gravesite.
Her birth and death dates are aproximate.
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