Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
19th-Century Immigration

The Yankee Empire, 1820-1890

Read More About It

"Wisconsin Pioneers" by the Wisconsin Historical Society

"Summer of the Drums" by Theodore Olsen

"Ethnic Groups in Wisconsin" by the Wisconsin Historical Society

"Westward to Wisconsin" by the Wisconsin Historical Society



Interesting Fact:

The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 in New York state had a large influence on the migration of settlers to the western Great Lakes area.

Study Questions:

  • What were some of the reasons why easterners came to Wisconsin to settle?
  • Where were the primary areas of settlement? Locate them on a Wisconsin map.
  • How many people migrated to Wisconsin before 1835?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Wisconsin settlement:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on May 22:

    1802: Martha Washinton, the first first lady, dies.
    1972: Richard Nixon becomes the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union.

  • May 22

    Historical Highlight
    Early 1800's: Settlers began to populate Wisconsin, mainly from New England, New York and Pennsylvania, from 1800 until the start of the large land sale migrations of 1835.

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