North Dakota State Geography

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  Population: 638,000 (47th in size)

State size: 70,702 square miles (17th in size)

State Capital: Bismarck (named after the German leader Bismarck)

Major cities: Bismarck and Grand Forks

Admission to union: The 39th State

Date entered the union: November 2, 1889

Origin of state name: Named after the Dakota indian tribe. It means "allies".

Nicknames: The Peace Garden State

Bordering states: Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana, with Canada to the north.

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State flower: Wild Prairie Rose

State tree: American Elm

Motto: Liberty and Union, Now and Forever: One and Inseparable


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Major Industries

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  North Dakota is an agricultural state. Agriculture includes wheat, rye, oats, barley and cattle farming. Natural resources include coal and oil.


Historical Highlights

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  Originally the land of the Sioux tribes. The French explored the area in the 1730s for fur trapping and trading. The U.S. Homestead Act brought many European settlers to the area.


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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about North Dakota

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