State of Minnesota

By | May 11, 2010

Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858.

he name comes from the Dakota language. The word Mnisota can be translated into sky-tinted water, and so named the Minnesota River. The State took its name from the river.

The first European/United States settlers came after a treaty was signed between the Dakota Tribe and the United States for land near where the Missouri and Minnesota Rivers meet. In 1820 Fort Snelling was built there.

A great portion of the population of Minnesota, nearly 60%, live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, which is known as the Twin Cities.

Minnesota is the 21st most populated state of the United States and 12th in area. The Capital of the state is Saint Paul with its largest city being Minneapolis.

The state is called the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”. Along with state and national forests and parks, these lakes offer residents and tourists a vigorous outdoor lifestyle.


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