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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), South Bend, (search)
South Bend, A city and county seat of St. Joseph county, Ind. The old portage from the St. Joseph River to the headwaters of the Kankakee extended along what is now the northern part of the city, and was traversed by Indians for years beyond record. In 1679 La Salle, while on his exploring voyage to the Mississippi, made a landing here, and was so pleased with the spot and its surroundings that thereafter he frequently camped here. At the time of his first landing the place was the site of a considerable village of the Miami Indians, and in later years a large band of Pottawattomies lived here. The first regular settlement by the whites was made by a French colony in 1820; the place was incorporated as a town in 1835; and received a city charter in 1865. South Carolina, State of