Wednesday, September 21, 2005

This Day in History

Two hundred years ago, on September 21, 1805, U.S. Army Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike lead a group of soldiers up the Mississippi River to the mouth of the Minnesota River, where he camped on an island that now bears his name. Two days later, Pike signed a treaty with the Dakota Indians, "purchasing" one thousand acres on both sides of the Mississippi River from the Minnesota to the St. Croix.

This "purchase" cleared the way for the establishment of Fort Snelling, as well as the future cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, making the wild Great Northwoods safe for the white man.

And the American Indians? Well, after years of searching for what they lost, one tribe settled in a magical land known as Mystic Lake.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's interesting, I always thought that Minnesota was discovered by a bunch of level-headed scandanavians who drooled out of both sides of their mouth from a dark, frigid, mosquito infested swath of land in the old world looking for a dark, frigidm, mosquito infested swath of land in the new world.