Ancestry.com. George William Featherstonhaugh, A Canoe Voyage Up the Minnay Sotor, Part 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data:
Library of Congress. Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910. [database online] Washington, D.C: Library of Congress, 2000. Featherstonhaugh, George William. A Canoe Voyage up the Minnay Sotor; with an Account of the Lead and Copper Deposits in Wisconsin; of the Gold Region in the Cherokee Country; and Sketches of Popular Manners; &c. &c. &c. Volume 1. London: R. Bentley, 1847.
This database is the first part of a travelogue written primarily for a British readership. It discusses the United States' geological resources and offers critical observations about the manners and customs of its different peoples. It was written more than a decade after the author explored St. Peter's River (the Minnay Sotor) in 1835, and it draws upon the journals he kept along the way. This data deals with the first part of Featherstonhaugh's trip. He set forth from Georgetown in Washington, D.C., along the canal paralleling the Potomac River. He then continued along the Allegheny ridges through western Maryland, over to Pittsburgh, and after stopping at the Rappite community of Economy in Ohio and at Ravenna, made his way to Cleveland, where he journeyed by steam and sail to Detroit, Ft. Gratiot, Mackinac, and Green Bay. At Green Bay, he obtained supplies and voyageurs for an expedition into areas less familiar to Americans of European ancestry. He paddled by canoe up to Fox River to Fort Winnebago, portaged over to the Wisconsin River, changed to a north by northwest course on the Mississippi to Prairie du Chien, and paused at both Lake Pepin and Fort Snelling. At Fort Snelling, Featherstonhaugh proceeded up the Minnesota River, his major objective, via the Makotah River and Lac Qui Parle, until he reached the Minnesota's source on Coteau du Prairie. He then returned to Fort Snelling by way of Big Stone Lake. Much of his account is filled with the author's opinions about the voyageurs and various Native American groups such as the Winnebago, the Ojibway (Chippewa), the Menominee, and the Sioux (Dakota).