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This accounts for the large number of angled bridges that still exist in Milwaukee today. He claimed land to the south of the Milwaukee River, along with Juneautown, where he built a log house in 1834. The first large wave of settlement to the areas that would later become Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee began in 1835.Further, Kilbourn distributed maps of the area which only showed Kilbourntown, implying Juneautown did not exist or the river's east side was uninhabited and thus undesirable. Early that year it became known Juneau and Kilbourn intended to lay out competing town-sites and by the years' end both had purchased their lands from the government and made their first sales.There were perhaps 100 new settlers in this year, mostly from New England and other Eastern States.On September 17, 1835, the first election was held in Milwaukee; the number of votes cast was 39.Early explorers called the Milwaukee River and surrounding lands various names: Melleorki, Milwacky, Mahn-a-waukie, Milwarck, and Milwaucki.For many years, printed records gave the name as "Milwaukie".Ranked by estimated 2014 population, Milwaukee was the 31st largest city in the United States.Milwaukee is the main cultural and economic center of the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
In the second half of the 18th century, the Native Americans living near Milwaukee played a role in all the major European wars on the American continent.The first wave from 1845 to 1855 consisted mainly of people from Southwestern Germany, the second wave from 1865 to 1873 concerned primarily Northwestern Germany, while the third wave from 1880 to 1893 came from Northeastern Germany.In the 1840s, the number of people who left German-speaking lands was 385,434, in the 1850s it reached 976,072, and an all-time high of 1.4 million emigrated in the 1880s.This battle convinced the American government that they had to be removed from their land, and after being attacked in the Black Hawk War in 1832, the Native Americans in Milwaukee signed the Treaty of Chicago with the United States in 1833, giving them monetary payments and lands west of the Mississippi.
Europeans had arrived in the Milwaukee area prior to the 1833 Treaty of Chicago.
Following the Bridge War, it was decided the best course of action was to officially unite the towns.