Wisconsin Frontier

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From 17th-century French coureurs de bois to lumberjacks of the 19th century,
Wisconsin?s frontier era saw thousands arriving from Europe and other areas seeking wealth and opportunity. Indians mixed with these newcomers, sometimes helping and sometimes challenging them,
often benefiting from their guns and other trade items. This captivating history reveals the conflicts, the defeats, the victories, and the ...

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Overview

From 17th-century French coureurs de bois to lumberjacks of the 19th century,
Wisconsin’s frontier era saw thousands arriving from Europe and other areas seeking wealth and opportunity. Indians mixed with these newcomers, sometimes helping and sometimes challenging them,
often benefiting from their guns and other trade items. This captivating history reveals the conflicts, the defeats, the victories, and the way the future looked to Wisconsin’s peoples at the beginning of the 20th century.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review

"A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this thoroughly accessible history, highly recommended especially for Wisconsin history shelves and public library collections." —Midwest Book Review, April 2011

Western Historical Quarterly

"A highly readable, balanced account of the area that became the state of Wisconsin in 1848... [Wyman] elevates his narrative from a limited state history to a fascinating story of the gains and perils, ebbs and flows that characterize the American frontier saga." —Western Historical Quarterly

Journal of Illinois History

"An informative and readable overview.... [Wyman's] integration of Indian history into the work is well done and commendable." —Journal of Illinois History

Wisconsin Academy Review

"Wyman has a smooth style, with an eye for informative yet catchy quotations. He has compressed volumes of material without losing the 'you-are-there' dynamic that characterizes all good history. This is a book for the general public to which professional historians might well turn to discover an original interpretation.... A well-told, well-documented tale." —Wisconsin Academy Review

Journal of the Early Republic

Wyman relates these oft-told stories with relish and color, and illustrates how the needs and beliefs of the people who participated [in the exploitation of natural resources] often precluded careful thought about the resulting depletion of flora, fauna, and minerals....Wyman presents the frontier as a series of novel challenges for those who sought opportunities there [and] how those experiences changed them.Journal of the Early Republic

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"An informative and readable overview.... [Wyman's] integration of Indian history into the work is well done and commendable." —Journal of Illinois History

Wyman relates these oft-told stories with relish and color, and illustrates how the needs and beliefs of the people who participated [in the exploitation of natural resources] often precluded careful thought about the resulting depletion of flora, fauna, and minerals....Wyman presents the frontier as a series of novel challenges for those who sought opportunities there [and] how those experiences changed them.Journal of the Early
Republic

"A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this thoroughly accessible history, highly recommended especially for Wisconsin history shelves and public library collections." —Midwest Book Review, April 2011

"A highly readable, balanced account of the area that became the state of Wisconsin in 1848... [Wyman] elevates his narrative from a limited state history to a fascinating story of the gains and perils, ebbs and flows that characterize the American frontier saga."
—Western Historical Quarterly

"A superb history." —

"Wyman has a smooth style, with an eye for informative yet catchy quotations. He has compressed volumes of material without losing the 'you-are-there' dynamic that characterizes all good history. This is a book for the general public to which professional historians might well turn to discover an original interpretation.... A well-told, well-documented tale."
—Wisconsin Academy Review

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Meet the Author

Mark Wyman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Illinois State
University. He is author of several books, including Round-Trip to America: The Immigrants
Return to Europe, 1880–1930 and Hoboes: Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the
West.

Indiana University Press

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Table of 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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