History of the Butterfly, Part 40: Black Hawk Remembers

“Our village was situate on the north side of Rock river, at the foot of its rapids, and on the point of land between Rock River and the Mississippi.  In its front, a prairie extended to the bank of the Mississippi; and in our rear, a continued bluff, gently ascending from the prairie.  On the side of this bluff we had our corn fields, extending about two miles up, running parallel with the Mississippi; where we joined those of the Foxes whose village was on the bank of the Mississippi, opposite the lower end of Rock island, and three miles distant from ours.  We had about eight hundred acres in cultivation, including what we had on the islands of Rock River.  The land around our village, uncultivated, was covered with blue-grass, which made excellent pasture for our horses.  Several fine springs broke out of the bluff, near by, from which we were supplied with good water.  The rapids of the Rock river furnished us with an abundance of excellent fish, and the land, being good, never failed to produce good crops of corn, beans, pumpkins, and squashes.  We always had plenty—our children never cried with hunger, nor our people were never in want.  Here our village had stood for more than a hundred years, during all the time we were the undisputed possessors of the valley of the Mississippi, from the Ouisconsin to the Portage des Sioux, near the mouth of the Missouri, being about seven hundred miles in length.”

This is the what you  might have seen from the vantage point (see my previous post) in 1830.

From Black Hawk an Autobiography.  See Jackson, 1955 on the References page.

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