NORTH DAKOTA

The state is bordered by Minnesota, across the Red River of the North to the east, South Dakota to the south, Montana to the west, and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the north. French Canadians led by Sieu de la Verendrye were the first to explore North Dakota within 1738-1740 by. In 1803, due to the Louisiana Purchase, the United States acquired most of the North Dakota land from France. Within 1804 and 1806, Lewis and Clark explored the region, the Scottish and Irish families made their first settlement in Pembina meanwhile the land was still in dispute between Great Britain and United States. The Northeast region of the state was obtained by United States from Britain by treaty in 1818, hence taking possession of Pembina in 1823. However, there was no one settling in the area until after the railroad construction in the 1880s.

North Dakota land area is 70,665 square miles (183,022 square kilometers) with population of 672,591 in 2010 census giving an increase of 4.7% from the 2000 census. The state capital is Bismarck and the state largest city is Fargo. North Dakota was admitted into the state union as the 39th state November 2, 1889.

North Dakota is known to be the more rural state in the country having farms almost all over the land. North Dakota is a leader in the production of durum and wheat. Other agricultural products in the state include barley, sunflower, rye, dry foods, honey, oats, sugar beets, hay, sheep, pig , cattle and flaxseed

The state is also known to be a producer of natural gas, gravel, lignite, sand and clay. The state is also known to have coal and oil in reserve. Recreation areas can also be found in North Dakota.

Landmarks in North Dakota includes Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, an important trading post until 1867, located in Williams county; North Dakota State Capitol, a 19 story and 241.67 feet tall building, known as the tallest building in the state; State Capitol Grounds, basically built for tourist, to give insight to visitors into the state history. Other North Dakota landmarks are the Dakota Zoo, Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, Whitestone Battlefield State Park, Fort Totten Indian Reservation; Rainbow Valley Church, Geographical Center of North America Monument.

North Dakota is growing every minute and the development in the state so far will make you pack your things to live in the state. One of the things that will make you fall in love with the state is the gorgeous look of the state landscape from Little Missouri to Red River and everything in between. There are some quiet places to live in the state like the pioneer towns. There are lots of sunflowers in the state which is useful during the summer months, the state weather is also bearable at least.

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