Historic Fort Snelling
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Layers of History at Fort Snelling
Built after the War of 1812, Fort Snelling (formerly Fort St. Anthony) overlooks the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers from the bluffs. It's a place of cultural significance for Native American, military, early trade, and civil rights history. While reenactments with costumed soldiers firing muskets and canons are popular, the fort’s most famous residents were Dred and Harriet Scott, slaves who fought for their freedom, most notably in the Dred Scott decision where the Supreme Court determined slaves are not protected by the constitution. Fortunately, 10 years later that decision was overturned by the 14th Amendment.
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