Wednesday, May 10, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 10

May 10, 1823 - The Virginia is the first steamboat to reach Fort St. Anthony (later named Fort Snelling), having made the 729-mile-trip from St. Louis in 20 days. Among the Virginia 's passengers is Italian explorer and adventurer Giacomo C. Beltrami.1

The explorer is best known for claiming to have discovered the headwaters of the Mississippi River in 1823 while on a trip through much of the United States (later expeditions determined a different source, however). Beltrami County in Minn. is named after him.2



Giacomo C. Beltrami


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