The History of Wisconsin Volume I: From Exploration to Statehood
By Alice E. Smith
768 pages, 43 b/w photos and illus., 21 maps, 6 x 9"
Published in 1973, this volume remains today the definitive work on Wisconsin's beginnings, from the arrival of the French explorer Jean Nicolet in 1634, to the attainment of statehood in 1848. This volume explores how Wisconsin's Native American inhabitants, early trappers, traders, explorers, and many immigrant groups paved the way for the territory to become a more permanent society. Including nearly two dozen maps as well as illustrations of territorial Wisconsin and portraits of early residents, this volume provides an in-depth history of the beginnings of the state.