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How Native Life was Transformed

Discover how white contact disrupted and transformed Indian life in Wisconsin in the 17th and 18th centuries.

When the Beaver was King

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

How the French Began the Fur Trade

Discover how early French explorers mapped Wisconsin and began the state's fur trade.

Historical Essay

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.

Historical Essay

Juneau, Solomon 1793-1856

Fur Trader, Land Speculator, Politician and Founder of Milwaukee

Brief biography of Solomon Juneau, the fur trader, land speculator and politician who helped found Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Field Trip

Take a field trip to the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison! Students will learn about Wisconsin archaeology, the fur trade, and native people.

Learn about the first extreme winters in Wisconsin suffered by explorers and settlers in the 17th through 19th centuries, with links to other articles

Historical Essay

Beaver Top Hat

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Top hat made from beaver felt and worn by Green Bay resident Morgan L. Martin, c. 1825. (Museum object #1968.644)

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Wausau, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Porlier, Jacques 1765-1839

Fur Trader and Chief Justice

Biography of fur trader and chief justice of the Brown County Court Jacques Porlier.

Historical Essay

Crelie, Joseph 1773-1866

Pioneer and Hoaxer

Biography of Prairie du Chien pioneer and Wisconsin's "oldest man," Joseph Crelie.

Historical Essay

Appleton, Wisconsin

Outagamie County

Discover the history of Appleton, Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Brisbois, Michael 1760-1837

Fur Trader and Settler

Biography of French-Canadian fur trader Michel Brisbois, who founded the first permanent white settlement in Prairie du Chien.

French Fur Trader

Learn about one of the first French fur traders to visit Wisconsin. Read about his experiences with Indian tribes and his exploration of the countryside.

A Short History of Wisconsin

Fur Trader and Explorer

Brief biography of Médard Chouart des Groseilliers who was a fur trader and explorer.

Fur Trader and Murderer

Biography of pioneer fur trader John Baptiste Dubay.

Fur Trader, Merchant, Judge and Territorial Legislator

Biography of fur trader, merchant, judge and territorial legislator James Henry Lockwood.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
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