By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 2, 2021) – In Issue 2021-126 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we find the land of 10,000 lakes . . . and maybe some gophers too.  


Minnesota was first seen by Europeans in 1679 on this day.  They were French fur traders setting traps along the Mississippi – and, no not for the “giant” mosquitoes, maybe for gophers, but likely for larger furry creatures.

This land of 10,000 lakes was occupied by Sioux and Dakota tribes.  Later came European settlers, first from Scandinavia, then also from Germany and the Czech Republic.

Here is a map by Johnson from 1864, six years after Minnesota’s statehood, also showing parts of the Dakota Territory.

Minnesota 1864 also showing some Dakota territory (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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