Immigrants Flock to Iowa

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Time Frame: Late 1700's and Early 1800's

Rich soil and plenty of land made Iowa very attractive to settlers in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
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“The Prairie Pioneers,” The Iowa Heritage: Program # 4, Iowa Public Television, 1977.

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(digging)

It was the prairie, the climate and the rich soil that brought the pioneers to Iowa. Indians, for many years, had fashioned their living form this land and they had named it. But when the land was opened to the white man, settlers came in droves.

They are pouring in upon us by way of northern and eastern Illinois in such numbers that the shore opposite this place almost continuously presents the appearance of a large army, with it’s prancing steeds and heavy baggage wagons. We are informed by travelers, that the leading roads from Ohio and Indiana are crowded with immigrants, all bound for Iowa. The immigrants from every state, and in fact from every civilized country on the globe are flocking in clouds to our place.

 


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