Instructions for students
Visit the following Internet sites and answer the following questions.
A.1. The diagram shows the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.
A.2. (Answers will vary.) The fort was strategically built in this location because the river confluence was a major intersection for transportation at the time and a center for fur trade. This location allowed U.S. Army soldiers to control traffic on the two key rivers of the area. (For more information, click on "Fort Snelling History" and then "An Outpost in the Wilderness.")
A.3. (Answers will vary with the feature being described. Explore web site for information.)
2.A. The diagram shows the recession, or erosion, of the waterfall from 1660 to 1887.
B.2. The falls have been valued for religious significance, a landmark, geological interest, scenic beauty, water power, and navigation.
2.C. 1) 12,000 years ago the predecessor of St. Anthony Falls was located near downtown St. Paul. (It is referred to as River Warren Falls.)
B.3. 2) what is now Ft. Snelling; four
2.C. 3) 180; 16-20
C. The exact web site location is at http:www.mnhs.org/places/nationalregister/shipwrecks/mpdf/incraft.html
C.1. Ways to power vessels on the Mississippi River without fuel include: wind, water, hand (human power or paddle), and horse. (Indicated in first subtitle of this web site.)
C.2. Flatboats are strong, box-like boats with flat bottoms, perpendicular sides, and upturned ends. They sometimes were covered throughout their entire length. They were constructed to float with the current (they were water-powered) and were steered by large oars or sweeps placed at the ends. Most flatboats never returned after descending the river; often, they were dismantled and used or sold for lumber at their downstream destination.
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, 2001.
Last updated: December 12, 2017