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Old Fort Snelling 1819-1858   By: (1892-1938)

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Old Fort Snelling 1819-1858 by Marcus Lee Hansen provides a meticulous and comprehensive exploration of the historical significance of Fort Snelling during the period of 1819 to 1858. Hansen's work stands as a testament to his exceptional research skills and his dedication to presenting a thorough account of this emblematic American fort.

The book delves deep into the fascinating history of Fort Snelling, situating it within the broader context of American expansionism and manifest destiny. Hansen skillfully narrates the fort's establishment, tracing its roots in the strategic importance of its location at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. He vividly describes the challenges faced by the initial group of soldiers tasked with constructing the fort and navigating their interactions with local Native American tribes.

One of the book's strengths lies in Hansen's ability to paint a vivid picture of the social and cultural dynamics within the fort itself. By incorporating accounts from diaries, letters, and official reports, he provides insights into the daily lives, struggles, and triumphs of those who lived, worked, and served at Fort Snelling. From the interactions between the soldiers and the local Dakota communities to the experiences of women and children within the fort, the author illuminates the intricacies of this complex frontier society.

Hansen's meticulous attention to detail ensures that readers gain a comprehensive understanding of the various political, economic, and social forces that shaped the fort and its surrounding regions. He skillfully examines the impact of factors like the fur trade, the transportation industry, and the various treaties signed with Native American tribes on the development of Fort Snelling. Through his comprehensive analysis, Hansen demonstrates how these forces converged to shape the fort's role as a regional hub and a symbol of American influence and expansion.

While the book excels in providing a wealth of information, it occasionally becomes overwhelming due to the abundance of facts, names, and dates. Some readers may find it challenging to keep track of the numerous individuals and events described throughout its pages. Nevertheless, Hansen's clear and concise writing style mitigates this issue to a certain extent, ensuring that the narrative remains accessible and engaging.

In conclusion, Old Fort Snelling 1819-1858 is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in American frontier history. Marcus Lee Hansen's meticulous research, combined with his impressive storytelling abilities, brings this important period to life. Despite minor challenges with information overload, the book offers an insightful and comprehensive exploration of Fort Snelling's historical significance and impact on the broader American story.

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[Illustration: Book Cover]


From a painting by Captain Seth Eastman, reproduced in Mrs. Eastman's Dahcotah; or, Life and Legends of the Sioux around Fort Snelling

[Illustration: OLD FORT SNELLING]


1819 1858


[Illustration: Publisher's Logo.]




The establishment in 1917 of a camp at Fort Snelling for the training of officers for the army has aroused curiosity in the history of Old Fort Snelling. Again as in the days of the pioneer settlement of the Northwest the Fort at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers has become an object of more than ordinary interest.

Old Fort Snelling was established in 1819 within the Missouri Territory on ground which later became a part of the Territory of Iowa. Not until 1849 was it included within Minnesota boundaries. Linked with the early annals of Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and the Northwest, the history of Old Fort Snelling is the common heritage of many commonwealths in the Upper Mississippi Valley.

The period covered in this volume begins with the establishment of the Fort in 1819 and ends with the temporary abandonment of the site as a military post in 1858... Continue reading book >>

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