Minnesota History: Settlers and Infrastructure

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What was a major consideration for the first settlers when establishing a new region in Minnesota?

Creating infrastructure, mainly roads

In which year was the Land Ordinance of 1785 adopted by the United States Congress?


How did applicants under the Homestead Act of 1862 acquire ownership of government land?

By living on and improving the land

What did the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 establish regarding admitting new states to the Union?

It created a method for admitting new states to the Union from the Northwest region

Which legislative act provided a way for settlers to purchase title to farmland in the undeveloped west?

Land Ordinance of 1785

What was one way in which the government raised funds during that time period?

Selling land to homesteaders

What caused the Dakota villages to start suffering?

Deforestation and disappearance of wild game

Why did the Northwest Company attack the Earl of Selkirk's colonists?

They saw them as intruders

What was the main reason for Swiss immigrants coming to Assiniboia?

Promise of a better life

Why did 243 colonists leave Assiniboia on June 24th, 1826?

Challenges like grasshoppers, mice, cold, and drought

Where did the group of colonists travel down after leaving Assiniboia?

Red River to Minnesota River to Fort Snelling

Why did new settlers outside of Fort Snelling face challenges acquiring land?

All other land was considered Indian Territory

What was the primary reason that soldiers destroyed the log cabin and belongings of the squatters?

To prevent other squatters from moving in and occupying the land

Which of the following best describes the growth of Minnesota's population in the early years of the territory?

The population grew rapidly, from less than 5,000 in 1849 to over 150,000 by 1858

What was the significance of the American Fur Company's involvement in the Minnesota fur trade?

The American Fur Company convinced Congress to open up the fur trade to capitalistic businesses, rather than keeping it under government control

What was the significance of Father Lucien Galtier's decision to build a church in the area that is now St. Paul?

It marked the beginning of the city of St. Paul, which was named after the church

What was the primary challenge faced by settlers in the Minnesota Territory in the early years?

Disputes over the legality of their land claims

What was the significance of the location of Fort Snelling in the Minnesota Territory?

It was a strategic military outpost that controlled access to the Minnesota River

Explore the history of early settlers in Minnesota and their focus on establishing infrastructure, particularly roads, to support their communities. Learn about the challenges and strategies of the first settlers in the region.

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