"The best brain and the surest brawn of the nation is found here (in the Midwest) and it should be organized into one mighty moral, material and patriotic force to overthrow paternalism and plunder, and regenerate politics and the Republic."
“Providence directed me to send a dispatch 3 days march across the wilderness to Yellow Lake with a proposal to Miss Hester Crooks. The seventh day the messenger brought me an affirmative and the next day I packed up my affects, swung my pack and marched.”*
One of the sad legacies of Minnesota's early history was that of the Métis children during the fur trading era of the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a goal of the first Europeans to reach Minnesota to actually develop alliances and trade for the precious beaver pelts that were abundant in our lakes, rivers and streams. The high fashion in Europe at the time was felt hats and the beaver pelt produced the most sought after felt.