The Centennial History of Illinois, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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The Commission, 1920 - Illinois
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Page 1 - Beginning at the mouth of the Wabash River; thence up the same, and with the line of Indiana, to the northwest corner of said State ; thence east, with the line of the same State, to the middle of Lake Michigan...
Page 396 - Illinois regiment being disbanded, a set of men pretending the authority of Virginia, embodied themselves, and a scene of general depredation and plunder ensued. To this succeeded three successive and extraordinary inundations from the Mississippi, which either swept away their crops, or prevented their being planted. The loss of the greatest part of their trade with the Indians, which was a great resource, came upon them at this juncture, as well as the hostile incursions of some of the tribes which...
Page 50 - Sieur Nicolet, who has advanced farthest into these so distant countries, has assured me that, if he had sailed three days' journey farther upon a great river which issues from this lake, he would have found the sea.
Page 227 - It is built of stone and plastered over, and is only designed as a defense against the Indians, the walls being two feet two inches thick, and pierced with loop-holes at regular distances, and with two port-holes for cannon in the faces, and two in the flanks of each bastion ; the ditch has never been finished; the entrance to the fort...
Page 74 - ... for them on account of this defect, I have chosen a life more suited to my solitary disposition ; which, nevertheless, does not make me harsh to my people, though, joined to a life among savages, it makes me, perhaps, less polished and complaisant than the atmosphere of Paris requires. I well believe that there is self-love in this ; and that, knowing how little I am accustomed to a more polite life, the fear of making mistakes makes me more reserved than I like to be. So I rarely expose myself...
Page 268 - At This Place, Mr. Le Clef (Laclede) the principal Indian Trader resides, who takes so good Measures, that the whole Trade of the Missouri, That of the Mississippi Northwards, and that of the Nations near La Baye, Lake Michigan, and St. Josephs, by the Illinois River, is entirely brought to Him. He appears to be sensible, clever...
Page 276 - From that distant date when Joliet and La Salle first found their way into the heart of the great West, up to the present day when far-off Alaska is in the throes of development, 'big business' has been engaged in western speculation.
Page 370 - We declare that we will accede to the confederation, provided an article or articles be added thereto, giving full power to the United States in congress assembled to ascertain and fix the western limits...
Page 395 - In the three western countries there has been but one court having cognizance of crimes, in five years, and the immunity which offenders experience attracts, as to an asylum, the most vile and abandoned criminals, and at the same time deters useful citizens from making settlements in such society.
Page 476 - Bowlder Outline Figures in the Dakotas, Surveyed in the Summer of 1890.

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