The Dakota War of 1862, also known as the Sioux Uprising, (and the Dakota Uprising, the Sioux Outbreak of 1862, the Dakota Conflict, the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862 or Little Crow's War) was an armed conflict between the United States and several bands of the eastern Sioux (also known as eastern Dakota). It began on August 17, 1862, along the Minnesota River in southwest Minnesota. It ended with a mass execution of 38 Dakota men on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota.
The Dakota was built in 1884 by Singer Sewing Machines tycoon Edward Severin Clark. At the time construction began, The Dakota was so far from the center of Manhattan that "it might as well have been in the Dakotas." Despite the fact that upper-class New Yorkers looked down their noses at apartment living in those days, apartments in The Dakota were all pre-sold by the time the building opened.