1610: Henry Hudson
claims eastern North Dakota for England.
1682: LaSalle claims the area around the Missouri
River, including the area in North Dakota, for France.
cedes its lands in North Dakota to Spain.
cedes more land in North Dakota, around the Mouse
and Red Rivers, to England as a result of the French
and Indian War.
1802: First non-Indian native of North Dakota born
in the state.
1803: Spain returns the land in North Dakota to France.
sells its lands in North Dakota to the United States
as part of the Louisiana Purchase for about $15,000,000
- 1806: Lewis and Clark travel through
North Dakota along the Missouri River on their
way to and return trip from the Pacific Coast.
They set up a winter camp among the
Mandan Indians at Fort Mandan. They meet the
famous Indian, Sacajawea, who becomes their interpreter.
1818: North Dakota became part of the Missouri Territory.
to 1854: Parts of North Dakota become parts
of the Michigan Territory, the Wisconsin Territory,
the Iowa Territory, the MinnesotaTerritory and the
1861: North Dakota officially organized as part
the Dakota Territory.
1863: Dakota Territory
opens for homesteading (people buying and settling
1883: The capitol is moved to Bismarck and the first
capitol building is built.
1889: North Dakota becomes the 39th state on November
1915-1921: The Nonpartisan League, a political movement,
controls state government until the governor is recalled
1961: Roger Maris, a native of North Dakota, breaks
the record held by Babe Ruth for most home runs in
1997: Melting snow in April causes the Red River
to flood the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota.
2005: Anthrax kills many cattle and hurts the income
of North Dakota ranchers.