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Wisconsin Frontier

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  6 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
From French coureurs de bois coursing through its waterways in the seventeenth century to the lumberjacks who rode logs down those same rivers in the late nineteenth century, settlers came to Wisconsin's frontier seeking wealth and opportunity. Indians mixed with these newcomers, sometimes helping and sometimes challenging them, often benefiting from their guns, pots, blan ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published August 22nd 1998 by Indiana University Press
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Steve Satran
Sep 15, 2011 Steve Satran rated it really liked it
The early history of the great state of Wisconsin is one of abundance and eradication.

When the first European explorers arrived, Wisconsin was a virtual El Dorado of natural resources -- pine forests covered the north, hardwoods much of the south. The woodlands teemed with elk, cougar, beaver, caribou, martens and fisher. Rich veins of lead could be found just below the topsoil in parts of the state. Thunderous herds of bison roamed the prairies of Wisconsin's southwest and clouds of passenger p
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Jim
It was interesting to think of Wisconsin as the Western frontier. The state's northern forests only saw sustained white exploitation in the second half of the 19th century.

As defined in this book, the term frontier means anywhere there is migration and a dynamic relation between two or more cultures. It is where these cultures exchange ideas and ways of living. The history of Wisconsin is marked by the interactions between native peoples, French trappers, English traders, missionaries, Yankee s
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Gary Baughn
Nov 12, 2012 Gary Baughn rated it really liked it
This is an overview of the early history of Wisconsin, academic enough to be accurate, well-written enough to be an interesting read for anyone interested in how this state evolved. It is chronological enough to give one a sense of history without getting bogged down in that approach completely. I think I discovered in its pages why we drink more Brandy than other places.
Tom
Sep 18, 2014 Tom rated it liked it
good. but nothing new. of course, I've read just about every piece of Wisconsin I could get my hands on.
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