Prairie Native American
Photo by: Matthew Henry


Potawatomi tribe extends into Central Illinois

From the 1760s to 1832, the Potawatomi tribe extended into northern Illinois.

In this painting by artist Les Schrader, Potawatomi Chief Aptakisic says goodbye to Naperville settlers after escorting them to Fort Dearborn in Chicago during the Black Hawk War of 1832. The Israel Blodgett Family were among those who sought refuge at Fort Dearborn.

Photo by: Matthew Henry

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