1682: In 1682 René-Robert Cavelier claimed the area
first when he named all the territory drained by
the Mississippi River and its tributaries for France,
naming it the Louisiana Territory.
the year 1803, the area that is now Nebraska was
bought as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
1804-1806: American explorers Lewis and Clark sail
along the Missorui River on their way to the Pacific.
1824: The U.S. Government establishes Fort Atkinson
to protect the region's fur trade.
of settlers travel through Nebraska on the Oregon
and Mormon Trails. Chimney Rock in western Nebraska
becomes a well-known landmark.
C. Fremont and Kit Carson complete exploration
of the Platte River Valley.
1854: The Kansas-Nebraska Act established boundaries
between the territories of Kansas and Nebraska. Both
territories were authorized to decide for themselves
concerning the issue of slavery.
1854: The settlement of Omaha is founded by Iowa
1861: Establishment of the Colorado and Dakota Territories
reduces the size of the Nebraska Territory.
is admitted as the 37th state and the capital is
moved from Omaha to Lincoln. The name of the Nebraska
capital was changed to Lincoln by officials in
Omaha because they thought it would anger the state's
slavery adovcates who wanted to move the capital
1867: Union-Pacific Railroad is built through the
state, opening it up to mass settlement (in conjunction
with the Homestead Act of 1867 which offered free
1872: Arbor Day is established as an American holiday
in Nebraska City.
1892: The first National Convention of the Populist
Party is held in Omaha. The party was formed, in
part, by associations of farmers who had been hit
hard by drought and depression, and who wanted to
align themselves with farmers in the south and industrial
workers in the east.
1920: Kool-Aid is invented in Hastings.