A Scottish trader visits the Ojibwe in 1765, after the French depart.

Alexander Henry's 1765-1766 visit to Wisconsin.

The first British trader given a license to collect Wisconsin pelts was Alexander Henry, who wrote a vivid autobiography many years later. He narrowly escaped death at Mackinaw in 1763 and when Pontiac's resistance ceased, he hurried west to the rich fur territories of Wisconsin and Lake Superior. In compelling prose he here describes the Ojibwe and other Wisconsin Indians after they'd lived for a century under French economic domination. Another British traveler, Jonathan Carver, left an even more detailed account a few years later which you can read in our American Journeys collection (linked elsewhere on the Turning Points site).

Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
Explorers, Traders, and Settlers
The French Fur Trade
Creator: Henry, Alexander, 1739-1824
Pub Data: New York: I. Riley, 1809
Citation: Henry, Alexander. "Excerpt on his 1765-1766 stay in Wisconsin." Travels and adventures in Canada and the Indian territories: between the years 1760 and 1776. (New York: I. Riley, 1809). Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=21; Visited on: 6/24/2022