The Wisconsin Frontier / Edition 1

The Wisconsin Frontier / Edition 1

by Mark Wyman, M. Wyman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253334144

ISBN-13: 9780253334145

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: Indiana University Press

From French coureurs de bois in the 17th century to the lumberjacks who rode logs down rivers in the late 19th century, settlers to Wisconsin's frontier came seeking wealth and opportunity. Besides its natural riches of furs, farmland, wild game, timber, and lead, Wisconsin lay astride the major water route linking the St. Lawrence and the Gulf of Mexico, and it

Overview

From French coureurs de bois in the 17th century to the lumberjacks who rode logs down rivers in the late 19th century, settlers to Wisconsin's frontier came seeking wealth and opportunity. Besides its natural riches of furs, farmland, wild game, timber, and lead, Wisconsin lay astride the major water route linking the St. Lawrence and the Gulf of Mexico, and it became a contested site as France, Britain, and the United States fought to control the Upper Lakes. Indians at first mixed with the newcomers, but soon realized that the latter wanted land as well as furs. The series of struggles that erupted eventually left many tribes confined to reservations, while others were moved beyond the Mississippi. As Mark Wyman's masterful narrative shows, frontier Wisconsin gave birth to a state of enormous ethnic variety, whose people had strong traditions of optimism and self-government but whose belief in the inexhaustible resources of the frontier left 20th century Wisconsin confronting the problems of cutover lands and game scarcities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253334145
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier Series
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword, xiii,
Preface, xvii,
Acknowledgments, xix,
1. The French Open a Frontier, 1,
2. Before the Europeans, 18,
3. Frenchmen and Indians, 38,
4. An Arena for International Competition, 66,
5. Struggle Over the Upper Lakes, 97,
6. Miners, Indian Wars, and a Frontier Transformed, 127,
7. Rush to the Land, 157,
8. An Ethnic and Religious Jumble, 185,
9 Restricting the Indian Domain, 215,
10. Logging the Pineries, 246,
11. Legacies, 279,
Essay on Sources, 298,
Index, 327,

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