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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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Winnebago War (1827)

Brief description of the Winnebago War.

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Early U.S. Settlement

Military Outposts in Wisconsin

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

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Elections in Wisconsin

Brief history of elections in Wisconsin.

How the Natives Lost Their Land

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

Brief sumamtion of the Battle of Prairie du Chien.

A Plot of Land Becomes a City

Discover how Wisconsin went from a small part of a territory to a capital city.

When the Beaver was King

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

Brief history of The American Revolution (in Wisconsin).

A Bizarre Story of Scientific Progress

Learn the bizarre story and scientific contributions of Alexis St. Martin, the man who lived over 50 years after a shotgun blasted a hole in his side.

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