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They preceded the Anishinaabe, the Dakota, and other Native American inhabitants.Fur traders from France arrived during the 17th century.
Archaeological evidence of Native American settlements dates back as far as 3000 BC; the Jeffers Petroglyphs site in southwest Minnesota contains carvings thought to date to the Late Archaic Period (3000 BC to 1000 BC).
Minnesota achieved prominence through fur trading, logging, and farming, and later through railroads, and iron mining.
state of Minnesota is shaped by its original Native American residents, European exploration and settlement, and the emergence of industries made possible by the state's natural resources.
Around this time, the Ojibwa Native Americans reached Minnesota as part of a westward migration.
Having come from a region around Maine, they were experienced at dealing with European traders. Tensions rose between the Ojibwa and Dakota in the ensuing years.Around 5000 BC, people on the shores of Lake Superior (in Minnesota and portions of what is now Michigan, Wisconsin, and Canada) were the first on the continent to begin making metal tools.