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First-Person Accounts in History of the Great Lakes States

Pioneer Life on the Michigan Frontier in Diaries & Memoirs

Pioneer life; life on the frontier in Michigan, in the words of the pioneers themselves. Diaries and memoirs by explorers, missionaries, and settlers, free online. The page links below, for some of our Michigan pages on the History of the Great Lakes States portion of this website, contain links to the free online works listed. …

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Selected Books about Pioneer Life in Early Illinois

Each book entry on site pages has a brief description and a link to the free online book. Illinois Biographies & Memoirs page Bacheller, Irving, A Man for the Ages: A Story of the Builders of Democracy Burlend, Rebecca, A True Picture of Emigration, or, Fourteen Years in the Interior of North America (etc.) Hubbard, …

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Frontier Life along the Ohio River

In 1788 the first new permanent American settlement northwest of the Ohio River (not including French villages) within the borders of the Northwest Territory was established at Marietta, Ohio. However, American involvement in that frontier region had begun nearly 20 years prior to that, before the Revolutionary War started, with pioneers moving into wilderness areas …

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Memoirs and Diaries from the Indiana Frontier

We have a number of memoirs and diaries/journals from people who traveled in or settled in early Indiana, many of which can be found at the linked pages below. Indiana Biographies & Memoirs Coffin, Levi, Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the Reputed President of the Underground Railroad (1880) Eggleston, George C., Life in Early Indiana (1910) …

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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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Foreign Visitors Interpret America 1800-1867

The books below were authored by foreign visitors to the U.S. They described what they saw, recorded their reactions, and collected information for friends or reading audiences back home. All the works cover, at least in part, travels in the region of the Great Lakes States. Books are grouped below in the decades in which …

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Pontiac’s War: Northern Forts Under Attack

As a boy I visited Fort Michilimackinac and learned how the Indians, playing a ball game next to the fort in 1763, used a ruse to get warriors inside the gate. They then attacked the British garrison and took the fort. This was just one of many similar attacks on British forts in the region …

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