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Document Type

Research

Keywords

Loess Hills, Indian occupation, exploration, frontier settlement, community building, western Iowa

Abstract

Despite the unique Loess Hills topography, Anglo-European settlement in the Loess Hills followed a well-established pattern developed over two-hundred years of previous frontier experience. Early explorers and Indian traders first penetrated the wilderness. Then the pressure of white settlement caused the government to make treaties with and remove Indian tribes, thus opening a region for settlement. Settlers arrived and purchased land through a sixty-year-old government procedure and a territorial government provided the necessary legal structure for the occupants. Pioneers selected farmland near water and timber, practiced proven frontier agricultural methods, and built towns based on patterns developed during earlier frontier experiences. Technological changes tempered this experience in Iowa.

Publication Date

September 1986

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

93

Issue

3

First Page

86

Last Page

93

Copyright

© Copyright 1986 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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