History of South Dakota

  • discovery of the territory

    discovery of the territory
    Henry hudson, a navigator, dicovers the north and south dakota territory and claims all of it for england.
  • Land Claimed for French

    Land Claimed for French
    Claimed by the French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle for France.
  • Battle for Land

    Battle for Land
    The Sioux war with the Arikara when the Sioux attempt to take over the lands of the Arikara. Lasted for four years.
  • Mapping of Dakota Territory

    Mapping of Dakota Territory
    David Thompson, map maker and fur trader for the hudson bay, finished the first formal map of the dakota territory. Nnorth and South had not seperated yet.)
  • The Louisiana Purchase

    The Louisiana Purchase
    The United States bought the Louisiana territory from the French, which included the dakota territory. U.S paid 15 million dollars for the land.
  • Blizzard

    A major blizzard strikes the eastern part of southern Dakota. The blizzard hit in January. Over 35 people die as a result of the storm.
  • Seperating Territories.

    Seperating Territories.
    North and South Dakota become separate territories. South Dakota was the 40th State to be admitted to the Union.
  • South Dakota Governor

    South Dakota Governor
    Andrew E. Lee, a Populist, is elected as the third Governor of South Dakota. Lee was the first non-Republican governor. Only five other men who were not Republicans have served as governor
  • The Spanish-American War.

    The Spanish-American War.
    The Ist South Dakota Infantry is called into federal service and is sent to the Philippines. The regiment misses the fighting against the Spanish, but does see combat during the early months of the Philippine Insurrection. South Dakota contributed five troops to the 3rd US Volunteer Cavalry
  • Depression

    South Dakota is hit hard by the Depression. Drought and dust created severe problems for agriculture. The Civilian Conservation Corps and the WPA provided many jobs. The CCC was instrumental in providing much forest conservation work in the Black Hills.
  • Mount Rushmore

    Mount Rushmore
    Mount Rushmore, national memorial of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincol, was finished.
  • Crazy Horse Mountain

    Crazy Horse Mountain
    In response to Indian requests for a monument similar to Mount Rushmore to honor Indian heroes, Korczak Ziolkowski began work on Crazy Horse Mountain in the Black Hills. The work was to be a statue in the round of the Oglala Sioux leader Crazy Horse.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    The United States participated in the Korean War.
    Several South Dakota National Guard units were called into federalservice, but none of them saw combat.
  • Gambling in South Dakota

    Gambling in South Dakota
    Deadwood voters approved the gambling measure and a state board established to oversee the games and establish the regulations. The state legislature voted to expand the state lottery by adding videogame machines to the scratch-and-match games already in operation. Only certain games and low limit wagers were to be allowed on the machines.
  • Trading Territories

    Trading Territories
    England recieves the northern part of the dakota territory from France