Mystery
Artifact 6

This week's artifact takes you back in time. The watershed represented in this image* is an important site in the history of the settlement of the Mississippi River.

A Few Clues:

Mystery image
*Photo courtesey of the University of Minnesota

1. The fort in this picture, which was built between 1819 and 1825 of cream-colored limestone quarried from the bluffs, still dominates the confluence of the Mississippi and a major tributary. (Food for thought: why would a fort intended to serve as "the guardian of the entire northern great plains," be built at the confluence of two great rivers?)

2. The Island in the foreground was the site of the signing in 1805 of the first treaty between the U.S. government and the Dakota tribe. The Island is described in regional Dakota mythology as being the center of the universe from which the first humans emerged. (Food for thought: why would an island at the confluence of two major rivers be given such an important place in myth?)

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