Historic Images - Seth Eastman

Seth Eastman's paintings provide a glimpse of the Minnesota River Basin in the early 1800s. Eastman explored the valleys and woodlands near Fort Snelling where he lived and visited from 1830 to 1857. He recorded his observations and understanding of the landscapes and the Dakota and Ojibwe people who had been living in the area for many generations. His paintings provide insight into what the landscape looked like as well as the everyday life of Dakota men and women.

1830 Map
1830 Map of Native Americans in the Minnesota River Valley

Map courtesy of Afton Historical Press
Marybeth Lorbiecki's Painting the Dakota: Seth Eastman at Fort Snelling

(Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers)

Confluence Prairie at Mouth of Minnesota River

Prairie at the Mouth of St. Peters (Minnesota) River

Valley of St. Peters
(Minnesota) River
Minnesota River Valley


Prairie at Fort Snelling

Prairie at Fort Snelling

Pilot's Knob Pilot's Knob
Fort Snelling Upstream
Fort Snelling upstream

Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling
Dakota Encampment
Dakota Encampment    


All paintings by Seth Eastman
Images courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society
This page was last updated 4/15/03