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The Black Hawk War of 1832 – Free Online Books and Articles

The Black Hawk War of 1832 in Illinois and Wisconsin was the last significant campaign by U.S. Government troops against Indians in the Old Northwest. Following the defeat of Black Hawk’s small force, the Wisconsin territorial government obtained Native American compliance with treaties that opened large parts of Wisconsin for survey and settlement. The Links …

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Pioneers in Illinois Tell Their Stories

We have a number of books authored by people who were settlers or visitors in Illinois in the early 1800s, and who wrote about their experiences there. The list below doesn’t include all such books on History of the Great Lakes States, but it’s a good start. Illinois Biographies and Memoirs page Burlend, Rebecca, A …

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Memoirs by Three Pioneers

Here are memoirs of interest by three people who lived on the frontier in the Great Lakes region. Reminiscences of Adele Gratiot; Recollections of a Young Mother in the Lead Region, 1826-1841 Weekly Gazette May 2, 1879 Gratiot, Adele Galena Ill. Adele Gratiot was a young mother of 24 when she moved to southwestern Wisconsin …

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