Geography and Landforms:
Minnesota is bordered by Canada on the north and by Iowa on the south. On the east, Minnesota is bordered by Lake Superior and by Wisconsin. On the west are North and South Dakota.
The first Europeans to explore Minnesota were probably French fur traders. The French were interested in trade with native people. In 1654, Pierre Radisson and Pierre Charles Le Sueur reached Wisconsin, and probably Minnesota, in their travels. In 1679, Daniel Greysolon Duluth held a council with the Dakota Sioux near Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota, and in 1680, Father Louis Hennepin was the first European to see the Falls of St. Anthony. By 1689, Nicholoas Perrot had laid claim for France to an area near Lake Pepin, and between then and the 1730s, several more forts were built in Minnesota.
Minnesota is rich in natural resources. A few square miles of land in the northern part of the state produce more than 75% of the nation's iron ore. The state's farms rank high in yields of corn, wheat, rye, alfalfa, and sugar beets. Other leading farm products include butter, eggs, milk, potatoes, green peas, barley, soybeans, oats, and livestock.
Archaeologists tell us that four separate cultures lived in the general area that would one day become Minnesota. The Big Game or Paleo-Indian culture inhabited the area before 5,000 BC, and were part of a larger group that existed throughout North America. The people were nomadic, living in small groups of extended families. They made tools by chipping rocks into spears and knives, wore clothes made of animal skills, lived in temporary shelters, and used fire for heat and cooking.
Books Related To Minnesota
Alida's Song - Gary Paulsen
Betsy-Tacy - Maud Hart Lovelace
A Bride for Anna's Papa - Isabel Marvin
Dear Papa - Anne Yivisaker
The Journal of Otto Peltonen: A Finnish Immigrant - William Durbin
The Quilt - Gary Paulsen
The Shrouding Woman - Loretta Ellsworth
Song of Sampo Lake - William Durbin
V is for Viking: A Minnesota Alphabet - Kathy-jo Wargin
|May 11, 1858
|Pink and white Lady's-slipper
|North Star State, Land of 10,000 Lakes
Places to Visit in Minnesota: (Click the links to learn more.)