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HIAWATHA (" he makes rivers ")

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 441 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HIAWATHA (" he makes rivers "), a legendary chief (c. 1450) of the Onondaga tribe of North American Indians, The formation of the League of Six Nations, known as the Iroquois, is attributed to him by Indian tradition. In his miraculous character Hiawatha is the incarnation of human progress and civilization. He teaches agriculture, navigation, medicine and the arts, conquering by his magic all the powers of nature which war against man. See J. N. B. Hewitt, in Amer. Anthrop. for April 1892. HIBBING, a village of St Louis county, Minnesota, U.S.A., 75 M. N.W. of Duluth. Pop. (1900) 2481; (1905 state census) 6566; of whom 3537 were foreign-born (1169 Finns, 516 Swedes, 498 Canadians, 323 Austrians and 314 Norwegians); (igro) 8832. Hibbing is served by the Great Northern and the Duluth, Missabe & Northern railways. It lies in the midst of the great Mesabi iron-ore deposits of the state; in 1907 forty iron mines were in operation within To m. of the village. Lumbering and farming are also important industries. The village owns and operates the water-works and electric-lighting plant. Hibbing was settled in 1892 and was incorporated in 1893.
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