From Eckert's acclaimed The Winning of America series, this book continues the tale of westward expansion, focusing on the history of the Northwest Territories and the Louisiana Purchase and relating the dramatic events of the Black Hawk War of 1832.
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Along with the Missouri, the Mississippi forms the longest river system in the world and ultimately drains almost all of the central United States. From the American Revolution on, people migrated steadily west to more open spaces until the frontier finally closed in the late 19th century. With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the United States acquired from France all its territorial claims on the North American continent, from the Gulf of Mexico to present day Canada. The Black Hawk War was fought in 1832 by the United States Army and Indian forces under the leadership of Black Hawk.