Minnesota

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Date of Statehood: May 11, 1858

Capital: St. Paul

Population: 5,303,925 (2010)

Size: 86,935 square miles

Nickname(s): Land of 10,000 Lakes; North Star State; Gopher State

Motto: L’Étoile du Nord (“Star of the North”)

Tree: Red Pine

Flower: Pink and White Lady Slipper

Bird: Common Loon

Minnesota Timeline
  • 1650s - First Europeans visit and map out portions of Minnesota.
  • 1763 - The U.S. gains eastern Minnesota after winning the French and Indian War.
  • 1803 - The U.S. buys western Minnesota from the French as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1805 - Zebulon Pike explores the region.
  • 1825 - Fort Snelling is established at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.
  • 1832 - Explorer Henry Schoolcraft finds the source of the Mississippi at Lake Itasca.
  • 1849 - The U.S. creates the Minnesota Territory.
  • 1858 - Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd state.
  • 1862 - The Dakota War was fought between the United States and the Dakota Sioux.
  • 1889 - The Mayo Clinic is founded in Rochester by Dr. William Mayo.
  • 1965 - Herbert Humphrey becomes vice-president of the United States.
  • 1992 - The Mall of America is completed in Bloomington.
  • 1998 - Jesse Ventura, former professional wrestler and Navy Seal, is elected governor.

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