Monthly Archives: December 2011

The History of the Butterfly, Part 131: Meskwaki Women Help Mrs. Smith

For a few years, from maybe 1835 to about 1839, three small villages of Meskwaki were located along the Iowa River, in or near what is now Iowa City.  Settlers and would-be settlers hung around—some crossing illegally into what was … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 130: A New Treaty

The visit that the Sauk and Fox Indians made to Washington resulted in a new land cessation treaty. The tan double triangle area was what was ceded.  Poweshiek’s village was near Iowa City at the time–Poweshiek lived in that area for … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 129: Keokuk and the 300 Dollar Horse

The Sauk and Fox Indians toured the east—first, they had negotiations in Washington.  Then they were treated like rock stars in Boston.  The rest of the trip was not so noteworthy, but there was an interesting conversation recorded when they … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, part 128: The Indians go to New York

A number of the Indians whose names became places in Iowa were treated like rock stars when they visited Boston on October 30, 1837.  The local population greeted them warmly.  Both sides exhibited what seems to have been genuine affection … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts

I started another blog.  I call it Considered Politics.  Occasionally I feel the need to vent about politics, and since we have been called about five times a night for the last couple of weeks, I have found some venom … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 127: Next Week’s Paper

The Niles National Register from the following week—November 18, 1837, carried news of a tragic accident. The steamboat Monmouth, operating by the Alabama Emigrating Company, sank in a terrible accident. Two hundred thirty four Creek Indians, on board because they … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 126: More from Boston

This etching of Faneuil Hall in Boston is identified as being from the 1830’s by Wikimedia commons because of additions made to the structure, in spite of the date written on the etching. More from the November 11, 1837 Niles … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly Part 125: The Indians in Boston

The November 11, 1837 edition of Nile’s National Register  contains an account of the group of Sac and Fox Indians in Boston.  I have quoted part of this account previously. More to follow…

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 124: Poweshiek meets John Ross

In the November 25, 1837 Niles National Register, a speech made by John Ross to some of the Seminoles is reprinted.  In it, he mentions that he has recently met with the chiefs of several northern tribes, and that the … Continue reading

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