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1634

The first European to visit the region, French explorer Jean Nicolet, leads an expedition ashore near Green Bay.

16901820

Roman Catholic missionaries established the mission of St. Ignace de Michilimackinac, at Mackinac (now Michigan). The mission was the center for traders going to and from what is now Wisconsin.

1783

Following the Treaty of Paris, the United States takes ownership of the Wisconsin Region.

1787

Wisconsin officially became part of the U.S. Northwest Territory, but British fur traders effectively controlled the region until 1816.

1816

The establishment of Fort Howard at Green Bay and Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien opens the region to settlement.

1818

The Wisconsin area was included in the Michigan Territory. The territorial governor of Michigan created the first two Wisconsin counties, Brown and Crawford.

1820s

High prices for lead attracted settlers to the mines of southern Wisconsin. The Michigan 1820 census lists residents of what is now Wisconsin.

1830s

Heavy settlement began along the Lake Michigan shoreline at the sites of present-day Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha. The Michigan Territory 1830 Federal Census lists residents of what is now Wisconsin.

1832

The Black Hawk War ended the last serious Indian threat to white settlements.

1836

The discovery of lead results in the creation of the Territory of Wisconsin, which included lands west of the Mississippi River to the Missouri River. Much of the western portion was later transferred to the Iowa Territory, created in 1838. See Lead Mines on the Mississippi, (320kb map)

1840s

Many foreigners arrived from Germany and New York.

1848

Wisconsin becomes the nation's 30th state.

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Over 90,000 men from Wisconsin served in the Union armed forces during the Civil War.

1932

Wisconsin becomes the first state to pass an unemployment compensation act.


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