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McLeod, Donald / History of Wiskonsan, from its first discovery to the present period, including a geological and topographical description of the territory with a correct catalogue of all its plants

Chapter XII,   pp. 214-231 PDF (3.0 MB)

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words, to connect the Lakes and the Mississippi must
be, until it is accomplished, the leading project with
those who inhabit the mineral region of Wiskonsan.
  The lead business bas become an article of vast
importance in our foreign tiade. We find, by refer-
ing to English statistics, that only ten years ago,
Great Britain exported to this country 9.792.000 lbs.
The tables are now turned. For the past five years
we have imported none of the article, and, in 1841,
commenced the exportation of large quantities of it
into England. The English have heretofore supplied
the China market, where immense quantities of it are
used in lining tea chests, &c. Three years ago, the
Boston merchants made shipments of the article to
Canton, and being able to undersell the British. the
trade, in one year, increased to an export of 1.510.136
lbs. The exports for the few past years have been
continually on the increase. In 1830, the product of
all the lead mines in the country, was a little rising
10.000.000 lbs., and we imported for our own con-
sumption. In 1841, we not only supplied ourselves,
but a regular export of it is now made to the following
foreign countries, which heretofore have been mostly
supplied by England, viz: Russia, Hanse Towns,
France on the Mediterranean, Cuba, Hayti, Mexico,
Central Republic of America, Venezuela, Brazil, Ar-
gentine Republic, New Grenada, Asia, and Africa.
  Among the many natural curiosities of this county,
the Platte mounds are not the least remarkable. They
are two conical elevations or mounds, about two hun-
dred feet high, near the source of the Pekatonica,
twelve miles from Mineral Point. They are three

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