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Posted May 8, 2011
This is an amazing study into the multi-cultural roots of Minnesota as French traders and the Dakota and Ojibwe peoples intermarried to create kinship trading networks and communities of French/Indian descendents. This multi-cultural world allowed free Blacks in St. Paul to prosper, and run a successful station on the Underground Railroad, even though Dred Scott was a slave at Fort Snelling and slavery was not uncommon. This largely French speaking world was progressively confronted first by the presence of the military at Fort Snelling and then rapidly by the exponential growth of Eastern settlers who sought the lands that were the traditional homes of the Dakota and Ojibwe. This culminated in the atrocities of the Dakota Wars and the expulsion of the Dakota people. You will not be bored and will understand the bitter-sweet tragedy and triumph that underlies Minnesota Nice.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.