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Title Incidents and experience in Iowa from 1840 to 1844
Author Hillhouse, William
Date 1840-1844
Document Type Journal
Region Iowa
Places Burlington
Keywords buffalo, hunting, fur trade, trapping, Native Americans, cultural contact, customs, Indian Territory, treaty, Fox, Civil War, paddle steamers
Theme Homesteaders, Overland Travel and Early Settlements; Native Americans; Pioneers, Hunters and Explorers; Military Encounters
Additional Information From the Colton Storm catalogue: "Captain William Hillhouse came to Burlington in 1840, having ridden there on a horse from Chillicothe, Ohio, in eleven days. His experiences as an Indian trader (1840-42) are of the utmost interest and importance. He was well acquainted with Keokuk and the other Sac and Fox chiefs, accompanying them on their annual buffalo hunts and living with them. This is a very interesting account of conditions existing at that time. Of special importance are descriptions of a buffalo hunt in 1842 in eastern and central Iowa (30 head killed in one afternoon), the Indian payment and treaty of September 1842 (the treaty by which the Federal Government obtained the remaining portion of Iowa lands giving Indians until 1845 to vacate), and the Indians meeting for a treaty at Neutral Grounds. There are several stories of Indian experiences which are fairly vivid. At the end is a short sectioin on the author's steamboating, including Government service during the Civil War."
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana
Reference Graff 1889
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue