• Alexander Henry's 1765-1766 visit to Wisconsin

    Henry, Alexander, 1739-1824

    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 Ponti…

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  • Seventy-two years' recollections of Wisconsin

    Grignon, Augustin, b. 1780

    Augustin Grignon was the last in a long line of French fur-traders that stretched back to Charles de Langlade, the first European to live in Wisconsin. From 1805-1835 Grignon controlled the crucial po…

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  • Lieut. James Gorrell's journal. Commencing at Detroit, September 8th, 1761, and ending at Montreal, August 13th, 1763.

    Gorrell, James

    After the British defeated the French in 1760, they took possession of the French forts throughout Canada. Lt. James Gorrell was sent out to Green Bay in 1761 with a small garrison of British soldiers…

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  • Early times and events in Wisconsin

    Lockwood, James H., 1793-1857

    James Lockwood arrived at Prairie du Chien in 1816. Working for Jacob Franks and the American Fur Company, he would later become a banker, merchant, and judge. He recollects here the early years of se…

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  • 1834 diary

    Kemper, Jackson, 1789-1870

    In 1834, Episcopal bishop Jackson Kemper undertook a trip to Wisconsin to report on the school founded by Rev. Richard Cadle for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal…

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  • The Wild Rice Gatherers of the Upper Lakes : A Study in American Primitive Economics

    Jenks, Albert Ernest, 1869-1953

    This century-old study remains the most thorough and comprehensive description of wild rice and its importance to Native American peoples. Working from 300 years of published sources and first-hand su…

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  • Capture of Mackinaw, 1763

    Porlier, Louis B., 1815-1899

    Despite the title, this memoir by fur trader Louis Porlier actually touches on several subjects and is composed largely of two speeches. The first is by the Menominee chief Sho-no-nee (1785-1864; usua…

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