Control for the Mississippi River Valley, rich in natural resources, was fought for as European nations struggled to build their New World empires. An interpretation of Spanish, French, British and American military life is set for this coming weekend at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site in Hartford with the sixth annual "Flags over the Mississippi: Struggle for an Empire."
Lewis & Clark site manager Brad Winn says there will be re-enactors representing European and American military units and Native Americans between the time periods of 1750 and 1812. He says the event will go on, rain or shine.
Each day, period military units will demonstrate their roles in the Mississippi River Valley. Winn says there will also be a cannon firing demonstration between 6:00 and 7:00 Saturday night. Each day's public events begin at 10 a.m. and run through 4 p.m.