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The History of the State of South Dakota with some brief, but essential historical events, dates in a timeline and the people who made the State of South Dakota great. You will find all of the relevant facts, data and info in a comprehensive Timeline format providing facts about the History of South Dakota and how this fits in with the History of America. Historical facts, a timeline and information about the Tribes of Native Americans of the State of South Dakota. Discover these interesting facts about the History of South Dakota including its explorers, pioneers, settlers and leaders. The Timeline format provides a chronology of important people and events important to the History of  South Dakota. For General Information about the State please click the following link: Fast Facts about the State of South Dakota. For General Information about the State please click the following link: Fast Facts about the State of South Dakota.

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Facts about the History of South Dakota History - North and South Dakota were one territory until 1889

  • Facts about the History of South Dakota History - 1600's Native Americans of South Dakota

    • The Native Indians of South Dakota included the Arapaho, Arikara, Cheyenne, Chippewa, Dakota and Mandan tribes

    • 1610 - Henry Hudson (1565-1611) English and navigator explores the area claims the eastern area of Dakota for England

    • 1682 - Claimed by the French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (1643-1687) for France

  • Facts about the History of South Dakota History - 1700's

    • 1713 - England receives the northern part of Dakota from France

    • 1738 - French explorer, Pierre Gaultier de la Vérendrye (1732-1739 ), lead the first known Euro-American expedition into Dakota

    • 1742 - The sons of Pierre Gaultier de la Vérendrye conduct further expeditions into Dakota

    • 1760 - 1764 The Sioux war with the Arikara when the Sioux attempt to take over the lands of the Arikara 

    • 1756 - 1763 - The Seven Years War (French and Indian War) due to disputes over land is won by Great Britain. France gives England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans. The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba.

    • 1775 - 1783 - The American Revolution creates the United States of America. The Revolution was due to the British burden of taxes and total power to legislate any laws governing the American colonies

    • July 4, 1776 - United States Declaration of Independence

    • July 10, 1778 - France declares war against Britain and makes an alliance with the American revolutionary forces

    • September 3, 1783 - The Treaty of Paris is signed by the victorious United States and the defeated Great Britain

    • 1787 - David Thompson (1770-1857) Fur Trader and Mapmaker for the Hudson's Bay and North West Company completes the first formal mapping of Dakota

  • Facts about the History of South Dakota History - The Early 1800's

    • Claimed by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase (1803)

    • The Louisiana Purchase - In 1803, the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France. The U.S. Secretary of State, James Madison paid 15 million dollars for the land

    • 1804 - Lewis and Clark expedition - Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) and William Clark (1770- 1838)

    • 1812 - 1815 - The War of 1812 between U.S. and Great Britain, ended in a stalemate but
      confirmed America's Independence

    • 1817 - Joseph LaFramboise starts a fur trading post at the site of present day Fort Pierre

  • Facts about the History of South Dakota History - The American Civil War

    • 1861 - 1865 The American Civil War. In 1859 John Brown raided Harpers Ferry and set in
      motion events that led directly to the outbreak of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, a
      known opponent of slavery, was elected president and in 1861 the South Secedes. The
      initial Secession of South Carolina was followed by the secession of Mississippi, Florida,
      Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
      These eleven states eventually formed the Confederate States of America. The
      bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War.
      The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy

    • 1865 December 6 - The Abolishment of Slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S Constitution is ratified, thus officially abolishing slavery

    • 1889 - North and South Dakota become separate territories

    • 1898-1901 The Spanish American War. On December 10, 1898 the Treaty of Paris the US annexes Puerto Rico, Guam, Philippines.

  • Origin of the name - Named after the Dakota, Sioux tribe. Dakota is the Sioux word for "friends"

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