From 17th-century French coureurs de bois to lumberjacks of the 19th century, Wisconsin’s frontier era saw thousands arriving from Europe and other areas seeking wealth and opportunity. Indians mixed with these newcomers, sometimes helping and sometimes challenging them, often benefiting from their guns and other trade items. This captivating history reveals the conflicts, the defeats, the victories, and the way the future looked to Wisconsin’s peoples at the beginning of the 20th century.
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Chapter I The French Open a Frontier
Chapter II Before the Europeans
Chapter III Frenchmen and Indians
Chapter IV An Arena for International Competition
Chapter V Struggle Over the Upper Lakes
Chapter VI Miners, Indian Wars, and a Frontier Transformed
Chapter VII Rush to the Land
Chapter VIII An Ethnic and Religious Jumble
Chapter IX Restricting the Indian Domain
Chapter X Logging the Pineries
Chapter XI Legacies
Essay on Sources
A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this thoroughly accessible history, highly recommended especially for Wisconsin history shelves and public library collections. April 2011
Midwest Book Review
A superb history.
Midwest Book Review
An informative and readable overview. . . . [Wyman's] integration of Indian history into the work is well done and commendable.
Journal of Illinois History
A highly readable, balanced account of the area that became the state of Wisconsin in 1848 . . . [Wyman] elevates his narrative from a limited state history to a fascinating story of the gains and perils, ebbs and flows that characterize the American frontier saga.
Western Historical Quarterly
Wyman has a smooth style, with an eye for informative yet catchy quotations. He has compressed volumes of material without losing the 'you-are-there' dynamic that characterizes all good history. This is a book for the general public to which professional historians might well turn to discover an original interpretation. . . . A well-told, well-documented tale.
Wisconsin Academy Review