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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, …

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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 …

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Tour of Map Site: “Historic Map Works”

For 19th century maps of counties, cities and townships, Historic Map Works http://www.historicmapworks.com/ is by far the best site of which I’m aware. You are free to use it without registering. If you wish to download high-resolution copies, you must subscribe.  You can also order paper maps from them. The site claims to have …

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