Fort Snelling

A military fortification located at the confluence of the Minnesota River and Mississippi River in Hennepin County, Minnesota, considered the center of creation, or B'dote, for Dakota people. After the War of 1812, the U.S. government established its strategic presence at the river junction with the arrival of military forces and an Indian agent, whose goals were to promote and protect the interests of the United States in the region's fur trade. There was a strong diversity of experience at the Fort, and it is viewed in various ways today. It was the site of a prison (or concentration) camp for Dakota people after the U.S.-Dakota War.