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Children's LiteratureThis volume from the "Shaping America" series focuses on some of the people who forged America in the Midwestern states. The introduction provides an overview of the exploration and settling of the Midwestern United States. Chapter one details the life and contributions of Antoine Cadillac in Michigan. He lead one of the first parties of colonists to the area and established the settlement of Detroit. Chapter two focuses on Charles Langlade's military accomplishments during the French and Indian Wars in the Wisconsin area. Chapter three describes Jean du Sable's business successes and contributions to Chicago trade. Chapter four explores George Rogers Clark's role in the defense of Kentucky against Indian attacks. Chapter five details Rufus Putnam's contributions during the Revolutionary War and the Ohio Company. Chapter six describes Julien Dubuque's career as a trader and obtaining lands from the Indians in Iowa. Chapter seven explores the lives of Josiah and Abigail Snelling, their contributions during the War of 1812. A detailed timeline, many black-and-white illustrations and painting reproductions accent this excellent book on less known settlers of the Midwest. 2004, Oliver Press, Ages 10 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck