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Known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the state's name comes from a Dakota word for "sky-tinted water". Minnesota was granted statehood May 11, 1858.Courtesy of the Wikipedia

Before European settlement, Minnesota was populated by the Anishinaabe, the Dakota, and other Native Americans. The first Europeans were French fur traders that arrived in the 1600s. Late that century, Ojibwe Indians migrated westward to Minnesota, causing tensions with the Sioux. Explorers such as Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut, Father Louis Hennepin, Jonathan Carver, Henry Schoolcraft, and Joseph Nicollet, among others, mapped out the state.Courtesy of the Wikipedia

The portion of the state east of the Mississippi River became a part of the United States at the end of the American Revolutionary War, when the Second Treaty of Paris was signed. Land west of the Mississippi River was acquired with the Louisiana Purchase, although a portion of the Red River Valley was disputed until the Treaty of 1818. In 1805, Zebulon Pike bargained with Native Americans to acquire land at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. The construction of Fort Snelling followed between 1819 and 1825. Its soldiers built a grist mill and a sawmill at Saint Anthony Falls, the first of the water-powered industries around which the city of Minneapolis later grew. Meanwhile, squatters, government officials, and tourists had settled near the fort. In 1839, the Army forced them to move downriver, and they settled in the area that became St. Paul. Minnesota Territory was formed on March 3, 1849. Thousands of people had come to build farms and cut timber, and Minnesota became the 32nd U.S. state on May 11, 1858.Courtesy of the Wikipedia

The Minnesota State Photo (show above) was taken in Bovey, Minnesota by Eric Engstrom in 1918. The State Photo was adopted in 2002.Courtesy of the Secretary of State's Kids Page www.sos.state.mn.us/student/symbols

The Minnesota State Muffin is the blueberry muffin. It was adopted as the state muffin in 1988.Courtesy of the Secretary of State's Kids Page www.sos.state.mn.us/student/symbols

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