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  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    Nebraska was part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Lewis and Clark Expedition
    Part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, eastern Nebraska was explored by Lewis and Clark in 1804–1806. Read more: Nebraska: History, Geography, Population, and State Facts —
  • Exploration of South Nebraska

    Exploration of South Nebraska
    Explorer Zebulon Pike visits southern Nebraska in 1806,
  • Bellevue

    Bellevue becomes first permanent settle in the state of Nebraska.
  • First Bill Failed to Pass

    First Bill Failed to Pass
    The first bill to organize the new Nebraska Territory, introduced in Congress on Dec. 17, 1844, failed to pass.
  • Western Nebraska

    Western Nebraska
    Western Nebraske was acquired by Treaty following the Mexican War in 1848
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    May 30, 1854, the US Congress created the Kansas and the Nebraska territories, divided by the Parallel 40° North, under the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
  • Population Growth

    Population Growth
    The territory's population grew from 2,732 in November 1854 to 28,841
  • Black Population

    Black Population
    Estimated 82 black people in the state. By 1900 that number had risen to 6,269
  • David Butler

    David Butler
    The people elected David Butler as the first governor of Nebraska.
  • Becomes State

    Becomes State
    Nebraska became the 37th state on March 1, 1867. Around 2 years after the American Civil War. (37th state)
  • Lincoln

    Lincoln became the state capital of Nebraska on July 29th, 1867.
  • State Constitution

    State Constitution
    A new state constitution is adopted in Nebraska.
  • William J. Bryan

    William J. Bryan
    William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska is nominated as the presidential candidate by both the Democratic and Populist parties.
  • Petroleum Discovered

    Petroleum Discovered
    Petroleum was first discovered in southeastern Nebraska, in 1939