North Dakota is a state located in the midwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the north, Minnesota to the east, South Dakota to the south, and Montana to the west.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the estimated population of North Dakota in 2020 was 770,026.
The capital of North Dakota is Bismarck, and the estimated population of Bismarck in 2020 was 73,529.
The most populous city in North Dakota is Fargo, with an estimated population of 124,662 in 2020.
North Dakota has a long and complex history, shaped by its geography, climate, and the interactions of various groups of people over time.
Indigenous People: The area now known as North Dakota was inhabited by various indigenous peoples, including the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes, who had established settled agricultural communities along the Missouri River by the time Europeans arrived in the area.
European Exploration and Settlement: French fur trappers and traders were the first Europeans to explore the region in the 18th century, and the area was later claimed by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Settlement in North Dakota was slow to develop, and it wasn’t until the 1870s and 1880s that significant numbers of settlers arrived, attracted by the promise of free land and new opportunities.
Statehood and Modern Era: North Dakota was admitted to the Union as the 39th state in 1889, and over the next few decades, the state experienced rapid economic growth, fueled by agriculture, mining, and energy development. North Dakota is now a major producer of wheat, corn, soybeans, and other crops, as well as oil and natural gas.
Throughout its history, North Dakota has been shaped by its unique geography and climate, as well as the interactions between various groups of people, including indigenous tribes, European settlers, and later immigrants from around the world. Today, North Dakota is home to a diverse mix of cultures and is known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreation opportunities, and friendly communities.