Joseph Nicollet and his map

Text excerpt from the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux permanent exhibit at the Nicollet County Historical Society-Treaty Site History Center. French scientist, geographer, and mathematician Joseph Nicollet led three important expeditions from 1836 through 1839. His Map of the Hydrographical Basin of the Upper Mississippi covered parts of what would

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X Marks the Spot

Traverse des Sioux has always been a great gathering place for people in this area. Human life here dates back 9,000 years. We don’t think about this much today but, the geography of this area makes it an ideal place to live.

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