Brulé, Étienne (1592?–1633), a French explorer. He is believed to have been the first European to see the Great Lakes and also was the first to live among the Indians. Brulé came to North America with Samuel de Champlain in 1608 and helped in the founding of Quebec. At Champlain's request, he lived first among the Algonkins and then among the Hurons, learning their language and ways, and later acted as an interpreter. He explored Lake Huron in 1612 and is thought to have come upon Lakes Ontario, Erie, and Superior in explorations after 1615. After a quarrel, he was killed by the Hurons.
The turn of the century brought a new wave of optimism and amazing new technologies. It was also a time of unprecedented expansion in the railroad industry -- until World War I arrived.
The original inhabitants of Nebraska were Indians who arrived there more than 10,000 years ago and probably were part of a group known collectively as Folsom man.