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Wisconsin History Essays

Learn something new about the past and gain a deeper understanding of your world. Hundreds of essays tell the stories of the people, places and events that are Wisconsin history.

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How the Natives Lost Their Land

Learn about the many treaties between the United States government and native tribes.

From Slave to Healer

Learn about Mary Ann Menard, Wisconsin's first doctor.

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The War of 1812

Wisconsin's Involvement with the war on the French, British and Natives

Learn how the British relinquished control of Wisconsin and Americans took over the region's fur trade during the war of 1812.

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Fox Wars, 1712-1730

Brief run down of the events surrounding the series of confrontations between the Fox Indians and the French, largely fought between 1712 and 1730.

Confederacy President's Experience in Wisconsin

Discover the history of Confederacy president Jefferson Davis in Wisconsin

Brief sumamtion of the Battle of Prairie du Chien.

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Epidemic Anniversary

A History of Disease in Wisconsin

Read this informative collection of all the outbreaks and epidemics in Wisconsin's history.

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Catlin, John, 1803-1874

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.

Learn about the oldest cities and towns in Wisconsin which were established by 1836 and still exist today.

When the Beaver was King

Discover how beavers transformed Wisconsin's economy in the 1650s for the next two centuries.
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