Encyclopedia o f Chicago
Interpretive Digital Essay : Globalization: Chicago and the World
Globalization: Chicago and the World
Essay: Introduction
Essay: Chicago in the Middle Ground
Map: Chicago's World¬óWithin a Day's Travel
Essay: Global Chicago
Colonial Trans-Atlantic Networks
A Cosmopolitan Frontier
Global Capitalism and Chicago Real Estate
Built Environment in a Mercantile Metropolis
Networks of Rails
World's Columbian Exposition of 1893
Turn-of-the-Century Industrialization and International Markets
The Chicago Region and Its Global Models
An Upstart Behemoth
Mailing To the World
The World in Chicago
Chicago's Twentieth-Century Cultural Exports
"The Whole World Is Watching"
Corporate Headquarters and Industrial Relics
Map: Changing Origins of Metropolitan Chicago's Foreign-Born Population
Indian Settlement Pattern in the Chicago Region, circa 1830
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As Euro-Americans penetrated the Chicago region in the 1820s, they encountered a widespread network of Indian villages occupied by people of many distinct tribes, some places containing families of more than one group. This comparatively dense pattern of settlements favored sites along the margins of rivers and lake shores, wherever fish, game, and plant resources were abundant. By 1830, American intrusion was evident in the villages and small towns along the Wabash Valley of Indiana, and in the thin scatter of trading posts, forts, villages, and Christian missions across other parts of the area.