A review of the Minnesota History Center exhibit, “The US-Dakota War of 1862”

This exhibit on display since June of 2012 describes the people involved and events that transpired leading up to, during, and after the US-Dakota War of 1862, which took place in the area of southeastern and central Minnesota.  The exhibit shows how the treaty process took place, the gradual depreciation of the land owned by the Dakota due to colonial farming practices and overcrowding, and makes a strong case for the starving Dakota nation to have no choice but to attack after years of delayed payments due to them by the US Govt. The exhibit displays some of the weapons used, the clothing worn and detailed maps of the battlefields.

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