History of the Butterfly, Part 81: Marston’s Tally

Major Marston ‘s letter, included in the appendix of the Rev. Morse’s Report to the Secretary of War (Morse, 1822) included some comments on the seasonal cycles used by the Sauk and Meskwaki, and a tally of their trade goods and surpluses.

The government continued to deliver annuities to the natives, in an amount grossly less than the land was worth.  The village of Saukenuk continued to be occupied by Sauk during the summer, although the state of Illinois, which was established in 1818 had started surveying and selling lands east and north of the village.

Conflict was inevitable…


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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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