The first recorded contact with European immigrants was in 1634, on the traditional homelands of the Winnebago Tribe. This area is very near the present day community of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Winnebago Tribe was classified at this period of time as an agricultural/hunting society. However, this traditional lifestyle was disrupted by the institution of the European fur trade business. At this point drastic changes occurred in the traditional life-style of the Winnebago Tribe.

At this time close ties were developed with the French speaking society. Relationships were such that the Winnebago Tribe, in the mid 1700(s), found itself allied to the French in the French and English war. Following the English victory over the French the English began to establish ties with the Winnebago Tribe. Slowly the English won the allegiance of the Winnebago Tribe, so that by the time of the American Revolutionary War they had become the solid allies of the English. Although the American Colonist won the war the Winnebago Tribe maintained their allegiance to the English. So at the beginning of the 19th century, the Winnebago Tribe joined the Tecumseh Confederacy. Tecumseh took the warriors of this fourteen tribe confederacy into the war of 1812 on the side of the English. The defeat of the English during this time was the last organized armed resistance by the Winnebago Tribe against the American colonies and was the end of the relations with the English.