Minnesota Territory 1849-1858
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The Treaty Story

The Treaty Story

Seth Eastman, The St. Peters River Near Its Confluence with the Mississippi, 1848
Seth Eastman, The St. Peters River Near Its Confluence with the Mississippi, 1848
The land once shared by the Dakota (Sioux), Ojibwe (Chippewa), and Ho Chunk (Winnebago) would become Minnesota. The Indians lived by hunting, fishing, and gathering food. The first white people who came to Minnesota in the 1700s were interested in trading with the Indians. The fur traders did not want to own the land.