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Reader: Were it not for the Dakota, Father Hennepin would have died in the woods

Father Hennepin, the famous lost guy who still managed to have a county named after him.

Father Hennepin, the famous lost guy who still managed to have a county named after him.

Reader Alexander Thomas Stein responds to Battle rages over racist paintings in the Minnesota State Capitol:

"You guys know that Hennepin was lost in the woods and the Dakota actually saved him from dying in the wilderness, right?

"He didn't 'discover' anything. The Dakota took him to the falls, where he was taken off their hands by the fur trader Sieur du Lhut a few weeks later. Funny that this painting intends to show the Dakota were in awe of some otherworldliness he supposedly had, when in reality he was likely to die in the wilderness without them.

"We Americans really have a funny definition of 'discovering' places. This is all documented in history books. Modern America's romanticized vision of colonization is portrayed in these paintings, but is factually and historically wrong in most cases."