PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES AND TERRITORIES
#26 - MINNESOTA
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YOUR COFFEE AT HOME
|THE aborigines of
Minnesota were the Chippewas,
occupying more than half the
State in its forest and lake
region, and the Dakotas (latterly
called Sioux) roaming over the
first white visitors who came to
this region were French
fur-traders, who came hither as
early as 1659. They were followed
by missionary priests. In 1680
Father Hennepin and two French
traders ascended the Mississippi
to St. Anthony's Falls. In 1688
Perrot founded on Lake Pepin the
first French establishment in
Minnesota. After France
surrendered its vast American
empire to Great Britain, an
adventurous Connecticut man,
Jonathan Carver, ascended the
Mississippi to the falls (in
1776) and sojourned among the
Dakotas on the Minnesota River.
The first United States officer
to visit Minnesota was Lieut.
Zebulon M. Pike, who came hither
in 1805 to expel the lingering
British traders. The country
remained in the hands of the
fur-traders and the Indians until
1820, when Colonel Leavenworth
built Fort Snelling and Gov.
Lewis Cass and Henry R.
Schoolcraft explored the valley.
Three years later the first
steamboat ascended the
Mississippi into Minnesota, and
Major Long's detachment explored
the Minnesota valley to Big Stone
Lake. In 1831 the Rev Wm. T
Boutwell opened a mission among
the Chippewas. In 1836-37 the
region of St. Paul received its
first settlers, a group of Swiss
colonists. In those days there
were myriads of buffalo in
Minnesota. The Falls of
Minnehaha, made forever famous by
song, are near Fort Snelling.
Minnesota has the largest flour
mills in the world.
Falls; Hiawatha and Minnehaha;
at St. Anthony's Falls, 1680.
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