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From 17th-century French coureurs de bois to lumberjacks of the 19thcentury, Wisconsin's frontier era saw thousands arriving from Europe and other areasseeking wealth and opportunity. Indians mixed with these newcomers, sometimeshelping and sometimes challenging them, often benefiting from their guns and othertrade items. This captivating history reveals the conflicts, the defeats, thevictories, and the way the future looked to Wisconsin's peoples at the beginning ofthe 20th century.
Title: The Wisconsin Frontier
Illustrator: Reg. Price: $29.95
Publisher: Indiana University Press: September 1998
ISBN Number: 0253334144
ISBN Number 13: 9780253334145
Book Details: 360 pages, 6 x 9, 23 b&w photos, 7 maps, cloth, Indiana University Press
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 334144
Description: From French coureurs de bois in the 17th century to the lumberjacks who rode logs down rivers in the late 19th century, settlers of Wisconsin's frontier came seeking wealth and opportunity. Besides its natural riches of furs, farmland, wild game, timber, and lead, Wisconsin lay astride the major water route linking the St. Lawrence and the Gulf of Mexico, and it became a contested site as France, Britain, and the United States fought to control the Upper Lakes. Indians at first mixed with the newcomers, but soon realized that the latter wanted land as well as furs. The series of struggles that erupted eventually left many tribes confined to reservations, while others were moved beyond the Mississippi. As Mark Wyman's masterful narrative shows, frontier Wisconsin gave birth to a state of enormous ethnic variety, whose people had strong traditions of optimism and self-government but whose belief in the inexhaustible resources of the frontier left 20th-century Wisconsin confronting the problems of cutover lands and game scarcities.
Series: A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier
Mark Wyman is Distinguished Professor of History at Illinois State University. His books include Hard-Rock Epic: Western Miners and the Industrial Revolution, 1860-1910; Immigrants in the Valley: Irish, Germans, and Americans in the Upper Mississippi Country, 1830-1860; D.P.: Europe's Displaced Persons, 1945-51; and Round-Trip to America: The Immigrants Return to Europe, 1880-1930.