It is also part of the larger Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha combined statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,026,243 in the 2010 census.Milwaukee is also the second most densely populated metropolitan area in the Midwest, surpassed only by Chicago.Clockwise from top: Milwaukee skyline from Discovery World, downtown at night along the Milwaukee Riverwalk, inside the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee City Hall, Burns Commons in the East Side neighborhood, and the historic Mitchell Building53172, 53201, 53202, 53203, 53204, 53205, 53206, 53207, 53208, 53209, 53210, 53211, 53212, 53213, 53214, 53215, 53216, 53218, 53219, 53220, 53221, 53222, 53223, 53224, 53225, 53226, 53227, 53228, 53233, 53234, 53237, 53259, 53263, 53267, 53268, 53274, 53278, 53288, 53290, 53293, 53295 is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and the fifth-largest city in the Midwestern United States.The county seat of Milwaukee County, it is on Lake Michigan's western shore.French missionaries and traders first passed through the area in the late 17th and 18th centuries.
After the Revolutionary War, the Native Americans fought the United States in the Northwest Indian War as part of the Council of Three Fires.
Early explorers called the Milwaukee River and surrounding lands various names: Melleorki, Milwacky, Mahn-a-waukie, Milwarck, and Milwaucki.
For many years, printed records gave the name as "Milwaukie".
Many of these people had lived around Green Bay before migrating to the Milwaukee area around the time of European contact.
In the second half of the 18th century, the Native Americans living near Milwaukee played a role in all the major European wars on the American continent.
The first Europeans to pass through the area were French Catholic missionaries and fur traders.