Fort Snelling at Bdote: A Brief History
For millennia, the place where the Minnesota River joins the Mississippi has been a crossroads, a place of strategic power. But that symbolism is complicated. The fort is a powerful reminder that most Minnesotans today are descendants of immigrants, living on conquered land. Many Dakota people consider the area to be their sacred place of origin as well as a site of genocide. And, shockingly, some army officers at the fort held African Americans in slavery.
- Author: Peter DeCarlo
- Format: Paperback,64 pages, 8.5x11 inches, 60 Color and B&W Illustrations
- ISBN: 9781681340227
The site, a museum preserved and run by the Minnesota Historical Society, is undergoing a sweeping transformation to include not just the fort’s military history but the stories of all Minnesotans. And this primer similarly provides an overview of the site’s role in the foundation of the state, and its meaning for Minnesota’s diverse people.
Peter DeCarlo is a historian and the digital specialist for MNopedia, the online encyclopedia of Minnesota history.