Those searching for historical information about Madeline Island and the Apostle Islands won't exactly find a huge number of books on the subject that remain in print. Fortunately, one exception is the book "La Pointe, Village Outpost" by Hamilton Nelson Ross.
The book, first published in 1960 has now been republished by The Society Press and now may be found in Madeline Island tourist shops or ordered by mail. Ross' book is perhaps the best available detailed history of Madeline Island, going back over three centuries in its scope. There is extensive information about the early explorations of Brule and Grenolle, the diaries of Radisson and Grosseilliers and the succession of French commanders who oversaw the fort at LaPointe from the 1690s well into the late 1700s.
Ross' scholarly book is mixed with humorous anecdotes and scenes from Madeline Island life during the last century or so. Many believe that Ross' book played a role in persuading Congress to establish the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Of particular interest to the reader would be the many maps and rare photographs in this book. I recommend Ross' historical text to anyone with an appreciation for the history of early explorers in the south shore region of Lake Superior.