Mapping Minnesota’s History:
About True North
With the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in collaboration with Minnesota’s Land Management Information Center, the Minnesota Historical Society has created True North: Mapping Minnesota’s History to provide Minnesota’s teachers with the knowledge, curriculum, and tools to teach the state’s new graduation standards for geography and history, using online digital resources and applications.
Long before the arrival of European explorers and settlers, American Indians travelled between villages, bands, and tribes to trade goods. With the arrival of Europeans, this fur trade altered radically, both in the types and amounts of materials exchanged and in the length of transportation routes. This new fur trade changed Minnesota’s landscape permanently, and set the stage for the arrival of settlers.
Explore the following maps and historic resources to learn about Minnesota’s rich fur trade history and the critical role that geography played.