Minnesota Territory 1849-1858
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The Treaty Story

Looking at the Territory
The U.S. government created territories to impose order on vast areas of "unorganized" land. Indians owned most of the 166,000 square miles of land at the beginning of Minnesota's Territory period--and almost none of it at the end. The then new art of photography captured images of the Territory's people and the places where they lived and worked.
 
The Treaty Story
See how the U.S. government acquired Minnesota lands from the Dakota, Ojibwe, and Ho Chunk Indians.
 
Territory Trivia
Use photo clues to answer questions about Minnesota's past.
 
St. Paul Panorama
Look at the city in 1857 through the lens of a camera.