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|Population: 638,000 (47th in
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
|North Dakota is an agricultural state. Agriculture includes wheat, rye, oats, barley and cattle farming. Natural resources include coal and oil.|
|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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