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Explorer and writer Jonathan Carver dies in London.

Carver would be one of the first documented travelers to discover Minnesota when he came across the future site of St. Paul in 1766. The native of Massachusetts would befriend a group of Dakota Indians, studying their culture and traditions – an experience that would be the subject of much of his writing.

Though French explorers came across Minnesota earlier than Carver and his expedition, there are very few accounts of those travels, leading to Carver's journey becoming of historical note in the region.

Carver County is named for him, as is Carver's Cave by the Mississippi River, which is where he spent most of his time in what would become Minnesota.

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