- Mississippi River From Pike's Peak
- Map of Western North America, ca. 1790
- Europeans Come to Iowa
- Influence of European Culture
- Conflict Between Cultures
- European Explorers Meet Early Iowans
- Spanish Meet Indians
- French and Early Iowans
- Early French Explorers Visit Iowa
- Explorers Meet Iowa Natives
- La Salle Claims Land for France
- Dubuque Seeks Opportunity
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Europeans Come to Iowa
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At the time the first American colonies were developing in the East the Indian tribes of Iowa remained isolated from the new immigrants. They traded only with nearby tribes and knew little or nothing of the changes they would face when the American frontier intruded on their lives.
Then in June 1673, where the Wisconsin River flows into the Mississippi, a French explorer named Louis Jolliet, a Jesuit priest, Father Jacques Marquette, and their five campaigns became the first white men to gaze upon the area that would come to be called Iowa.
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The notes that Father Marquette wrote in his journal marked the end of the prehistoric area and the beginning of recorded history in this land. It also marked the entrance of a new culture that would cause conflict and forever change the way the Indians lived.
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