North Dakota History

  • Pierre Gaultier de la Verendyre.

    Pierre Gaultier de la Verendyre.
    Pierre Gaultier de la Verendyre was the first known French explorer. He reached Fort Maurpas in 1738.
  • Louisiana Purchase!

    Louisiana Purchase!
    France sells Louisiana Territory; part of North Dakota was included.
  • Lewis and Clark!

    Lewis and Clark!
    Lewis and Clark went to Mandan-Hidatsa Indian Villages. That’s where they built Fort Mandan.
  • Dakota Territory!

    Dakota Territory!
    The Dakota Territory was established. It made what are now ND and SD into one big territory. Then later in 1889 they split up into two states.
  • 39th state!

    39th state!
    North Dakota becomes the 39th state.
  • Severe Drought!

    Severe Drought!
    A severe drought strikes the Great Plains.
  • Record low temperture!

    Record low temperture!
    North Dakota’s record low temperature reached -60 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Garrison Dam!

    Garrison Dam!
    Construction starts on Garrison Dam.
  • Garrison Dam!

    Garrison Dam!
    Garrison Dam was completed. It took about 6 years to complete.
  • Red River of the North floods!

    Red River of the North floods!
    The flood took place along the Red River of the North. It caused $4 billion of damage.