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The History of the Butterfly, Part 135: Black Hawk Makes a Speech

By 1838, Black Hawk had settled down. He no longer held any official power among the Sauk or Meskwaki, although he still commanded a great deal of respect. He even mingled with the white settlers and seemed to be respected … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 66: The Fall of Fort Madison

The Native American groups, including Black Hawk, laid siege to Fort Madison for a number of weeks.  At some point while the siege continued Black Hawk left for a while.  After a number of weeks of being under a fairly … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 65: Black Hawk, Fort Madison, and the Shawnee Prophet

More from the Autobiography of Black Hawk (Jackson, 1955) “Soon after our return from fort Madison, runners came to our village from the Shawnee Prophet, (whilst others were dispatched by him to the villages of the Winnebagoes, with invitations for … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 64: Black Hawk Visits Fort Madison

From the Autobiography of Black Hawk–see Jackson, 1955. “Some time after this treaty was made, a war chief, with a party of soldiers, came up in keel boats and encamped a short distance above the head of the Des Moines … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 63: Fort Madison

The treaty of 1804 gave some indications of the intentions of the United States Government.  “Art. 9.  In order to put a stop to the abuses and impositions which are practiced upon the said tribes by the private traders, the … Continue reading

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