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Chapter 7: Minnesota's Newcomers
Transcript of Chapter 7: Minnesota's Newcomers
I LOVE GOOOLLLDDD!!!!
I MEAN I LOVE MINNE SOOOTA!!!
Between 1849 and 1858, Minnesota's population explosion outpaced even California's Gold Rush Era Growth!
We love gold and California...but we love Minnesota more! AMIRIGHT!?
While gold lured people to California, people were lured with the possibility of owning land without having to travel as far
1849: California's White Population was 41,000
1860: California's White Population was 380,000
A 920% increase!!!
1849: Minnesota's White Population was 4,852
1860: Minnesota's White Population was 172,022
A 3,545% Increase!!!
So how did everyone get to Minnesota? Well Prezi, let's briefly find out shall we?
IMMIGRATION TO MINNESOTA
Once Minnesota became a territory; the next step was to encourage immigrants to move to Minnesota
The Minnesota Territory started putting out advertisements, editorials, and news articles encouraging people to move to Minnesota
Primarily distributed in New York and throughout Europe.
Written in various languages
Steamboats would regularly leave New Orleans and offered the most direct route up the Mississippi
People would get off at ports in Winona, Wabasha, St. Paul...and...wait for it...
NOW DO THE HARLEM SHAKE (NOT REALLY)
Minnesota did not have rail lines till 1862 but when they finally got established; railroad companies offered discount fares to Minnesota
What the Newcomers be saying!?
"Minnesota has a very healthy climate"
"Beautiful country and natural scenery, an with its clean, fresh air it reminds me strongly of the northern part of Germany."
Disease was almost unheard of in Minnesota
Thanks to the chilly climate!
A COMMUNITY GROWS
Thousands of new settlers arrive in Minnesota each year, seeking a better life.
Attracted to the thought of owning LAND!!!
Europeans immigrants came to Minnesota to escape famine or...
LET'S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS
1849: Minnesota is recognized by Congress as a territory of the United States
POP QUIZ: Who was the territorial representative to Congress for Minnesota and who was Minnesota's first territorial governor?
Eventually Minnesota strives to become a State
Advantages to becoming a State
Minnesota could control their own finances & create their own budget
More influence in national affairs
Could attract more private companies like railroad companies
REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING A STATE
Congress must pass a law allowing the territory to proceed toward becoming a state
A group of residents must write the state constitution
Voters must approve the constitution a elect government officials
Congress must pass a law admitting the State into the Union
WE GOT IT ALL
MAY 11, 1858
U.S. Congress passed a law making Minnesota the 32nd State in the Union
Soo exciting that it makes you want to dance!?