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Grand Portage National Monument - History
By Sarah Lane
Jan 27, 2005, 16:01

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Grand Portage National Monument - Minnesota


Grand Portage lies in north-eastern Minnesota near Lake Superior. Its purpose is to preserve the Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) heritage and the remnants of fur trading activity from the 18th to the 21st century. The entire monument is within the boundaries of the Grand Portage Indian Reservation. A great hall, stockade wall, and kitchen complex have been reconstructed as well as a canoe warehouse which protects the boats on exhibit. Grand Portage was a major gateway into the interior of the North American trade route linking Lake Superior to Montreal. It was even the location of the North West Company in the late 18th century. This was the most successful fur trade company in North America.

In 1951 the land was designated as Grand Portage National Historic Site, and it became a National Monument in 1958. Its 710 acres celebrates fur trade and Ojibwe life. “Today as yesterday, the people, the cultures and the land have much to share.”

Visit our resource section on this National Monument if you are planning a trip for some valuable information.

Source: National Park System, Dept. of the Interior





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