What do you think?
Can you find mention of the Black Hawk War in the timeline?
- In what ways does this story enrich the timeline?
Referring to the timeline can you find the two technological innovations discovered during this era, that would greatly aid farmers like McMurty?
Have you and your family ever moved from one location to another? What was this like for you?
If you lived in a settled place, why would you move to an unsettled place as McMurty and his family did? What kind of difficulties might you encounter? What would be your motivation to make such a move?
How do you think McMurty viewed the land and issues of ownership vs. how Black Hawk viewed the land?
Can you compare early American settlement patterns to those of the French who colonized Kaskaskia and Fort de Chartres? What is similar and what is different?
- Refer to the French period maps
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