In this week's episode, Brian & Lyman reflect on the prior two episodes' exploration of early trans-Appalachian migration in America. Listen as they identify the key themes of this period and discuss how times may not have changed that much.
Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois were all established and grew up to statehood relatively quickly, thanks in large part to strong influxes of Yankee migrants. In this episode, Brian & Lyman discuss Michigan’s much slower maturation. Tune in for tales of French Detroit, swamping, and the land surveys that launched thousands of militiamen!
Brian & Lyman balance out last episode's discussion of "Little Egypt" with a look at the early settlement of Chicago. Appropriately, the Windy City, even before its founding, was seen as a sort of balance to southern Illinois. Listen for talk of voter fraud, onions, civil unrest, beer, nativism, and a tease of a forthcoming James Wilkinson story.
Brian & Lyman continue discussing the early settlement of Indiana by a curious mix of yankees and southerners. In this episode, learn about Indiana's unfortunate history with infrastructure projects, how Indiana narrowly avoided becoming a slave state, and how Indiana nearly had a significantly more awesome name.
Oh, and I believe we're done with the incessant Hoosier slander. For now.
Brian & Lyman go where no Kentuckians dare venture alone: Indiana. Where did Hoosiers come from, and what traits have historically characterized them? Learn about Hoosier demography, Native American land-sale treaties, and Brian's short rant on America's Ninth President!
Beginning in the late 1780s, Yankees really start breaking into relatively new lands. West of the original 13 states and north of the Ohio River laid the newly-established Northwest Territory, consisting basically of every western state that touches a Great Lake.
Up first on this trek: Ohio