Fort Snelling is located at the junction of the Minnesota River with the Mississippi River. The site was approved by the U. S Army in 1817 to secure navigation on two of the major transportation rivers in the U.S. and access to the Northwest Territories. It played a major role in relations between settlers and Native Americans.
Fort Snelling (originally Fort St. Anthony) was constructed from 1820 to 1825. It protected U.S. interests in the booming fur trade. It also maintained peace and deterred British advances via Canada. It also enforced boundaries between the American Indian nations and protected against emigrant incursions prior to land treaties.
The Fort is a national historic monument open to the public from late May through October. In offers interpretive displays, actors playing roles of the soldiers stationed there in the early 1800’s. It hosts walking tours, special events, interpretive re-enactments, classes in historical skills of the period and symposia.
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