Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
The Great Migration

Mineral Point History


Read More About It

"The Hard-Rock Men: Cornish Immigrants and the North American Mining Frontier" by John Rowe

"Pendarvis, Trelawny and Polperro: Shake Rag's Cornish Houses" by Robert Neal

"Laxey in the New World" by Laxey Committee

"Mineral Point, A History" by George Fiedler


Vocabulary:

Cornish
regarded
migration


Interesting Fact:

A popular food item still found in Mineral Point restaurants is the Cornish pasties, a meat pie that was popular with the original Cornish miners.


Study Questions:

  • Why did the Cornish settle around Mineral Point?
  • What influence did the Cornish have on Mineral Point?
  • How did Mineral Point get its name?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about immigration to Wisconsin:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 23:

    1789: President-elect George Washington and his wife, Martha, move into the Franklin House, the first executive mansion, in New York City.



  • April 23

    State Stats
    1828: According to census reports Wisconsin grew from several hundred to 10,000 in a few years. By 1830 the first
    Cornish miners immigrated to Wisconsin from Cornwall, England, settling around Mineral Point. This is regarded as the first large-group European migration to Wisconsin.


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