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Historical Essay

Early U.S. Settlement

Military Outposts in Wisconsin

Read how American forts were established and settlement increased in Wisconsin after the War of 1812.

Influential Early Wisconsin Settlers

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

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

Historical Essay

Winnebago War (1827)

Brief description of the Winnebago War.

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

Historical Essay

Indian schools in Wisconsin

Brief history of Indian schools in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Oshkosh, Chief (1795-1858)

Chief of the Menominee Indians

Biography of Menominee Indian chief Oshkosh.

Fur Trader and Murderer

Biography of pioneer fur trader John Baptiste Dubay.

Learn about a case that created much racial tension between white settlers and the Menominee Indians. This article includes a link to a longer article.

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

Historical Essay

Marin, Paul, 1692-1753

French Official, Captain and Fur Trader

Biography of French Official, Captain and Fur Trader Paul Marin.

Menominee war chief

Read a brief account of the Menominee leader, Tomah. This article includes several links to primary sources and pictures.

How Native Life was Transformed

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

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Native American courting flute carved by Louis Webster, of Menominee, Stockbridge, Potawatomi and Oneida descent, 1994. (Museum object #1996.118.93)

Historical Essay

Lumbering in Wisconsin

Brief history of lumbering in Wisconsin.

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Historical Essay

The Iroquois Wars

New Tribes Brought to Wisconsin by French Commerce

Learn how contact with Europeans, the fur trade and warfare among their tribes drove many Indians to the Wisconsin territory in the 17th century.

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

How the Natives Lost Their Land

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