This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: May 26

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1780

After allying with the British during the Revolutionary War, the Dakota leader Wabasha leads 200 Dakota in an attack on Spanish positions at St. Louis.

1861

Author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau, traveling west to preserve his health, arrives in St. Paul and spends two weeks exploring the flora and fauna of the surrounding area.

1900

Dr. Justus Ohage donates Harriet Island, named for schoolteacher Harriet Bishop, to the city of St. Paul.