“From Sea to Source” is an international program reminding us that rivers are, at a basic level, means of transporting materials to the ocean. “Materials” in this case means fish, which are easily overshadowed by all of our other river concerns.
For millennia, Native American people traveled and traded on the Mississippi River. When colonial powers moved into North America, they quickly saw the importance of controlling transportation and the movement of goods on the river. In 1820, The United States government established Fort Snelling at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers to protect American fur trade interests in the region and to gain a foothold in the western territory that would become Minnesota.