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The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier   By: (1828-1903)

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THE HISTORY OF MINNESOTA AND TALES OF THE FRONTIER

[Illustration: State Seal of Minnesota, ca. 1900]

[Illustration: Chas E Flandrau]

The History of Minnesota AND Tales of the Frontier.

BY

JUDGE CHARLES E. FLANDRAU

PUBLISHED BY E. W. PORTER, ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA. 1900.

'A MA PUISSANCE' THE PIONEER PRESS SAINT PAUL MDCCCXLIX

Dedication.

To the Old Settlers of Minnesota, who so wisely laid the foundation of our state upon the broad and enduring basis of freedom and toleration, and who have so gallantly defended and maintained it, this history is most gratefully and affectionately dedicated by the author.

Charles E. Flandrau.

AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION.

The original design of this history was, that it should accompany and form part of a book called the "Encyclopedia of Biography of Minnesota." It was so published, and as that work was very large and expensive, it was confined almost exclusively to its subscribers, and did not reach the general public. Many requests were made to the author to present it to the public in a more popular and readable form, and he decided to publish it in a book of the usual library size, and dispose of it at a price which would place it within the reach of everyone desirous of reading it. As the history is written in the most compendious form consistent with a full presentation and discussion of all the facts concerning the creation and growth of the state, it was estimated that it would not occupy sufficient space in print to make a volume of the usual and proper size. The author therefore decided to accompany it with a series of "Frontier Stories," written by himself at different times during his long residence in the Northwest, which embrace historical events, personal adventures, and amusing incidents. He believes these stories will lend interest and pleasure to the volume.

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS.

HISTORY.

Page.

Opening Statement 2

Legendary and Aboriginal Era 3

Fort Snelling 14

The Selkirk Settlement 20

George Catlin 25

Featherstonehaugh 25

Schoolcraft and the Source of Mississippi 26

Elevations in Minnesota 28

Nicollet 28

Missions 30

The Indians 36

Territorial Period 43

Education 49

The First Territorial Government 52

Courts 54

First Territorial Legislature 58

Immigration 62

The Panic of 1857 68

Land Titles 69

The First Newspaper 70

Banks 73

The Fur Trade 75

Pemmican 80

Transportation and Express 81

Lumber 83

Religion 85

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