History of North Dakota

  • Hudson bay claimed for England

    Hudson bay claimed for England
    Henry Hudson claimed Hudson Bay watershed for England, including eastern North Dakota
  • LaSalle Claims Mississippi River Drainage for France

    LaSalle claimed Mississippi River drainage, including Missouri River drainage in North Dakota for France
  • Lewis and Clark Arrive

    Lewis and Clark arrived and built Fort Mandan
  • Missouri Territory

    North Dakota became part of Missouri Territory
  • Steam Boats

    Regular steamboat service began on Missouri River
  • State Capital

    Territorial capital moved to Bismarck from Yankton
  • Highway System

    First hard-surfaced highway completed across state
  • North Dakotas Awesome

    North Dakota had lowest unemployment rate in nation at 4.2%
  • Resources