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Ordering the Land | 16,000 -1870's

Witness 16,000 years of Minnesota's fascinating early history. Its unique place in North America is revealed through state of the art animations and graphics. Prominent members of Minnesota's Native American community describe their long relationship with the land.

Photo by Richard Hamilton Smith.
With the arrival of Europeans comes a new way of looking at the land, one that will change the region forever. See how this is expressed in the land survey, which carves the natural world into squares that can be bought and sold.

Loggers, Photo courtesy the Hennepin History Museum
The fur trade era and early lumbering are brought to life with historic re-enactments and photographs. Discover what happens when early entrepreneurs fail to understand the geology of St. Anthony Falls.


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