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From Dakota Territory to Becoming South Dakota


From Dakota Territory to Becoming South Dakota
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.81

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    custer, formally, continuous, presidency, defeat, year, traveled, view, battle, separate, however, government, become, angry, poor, during
     content words:    United States, Louisiana Purchase, South Dakota, President Thomas Jefferson, William Clark, Meriwether Lewis, Clark Expedition, Bad River, Joseph LaFramboise, Fort Pierre


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From Dakota Territory to Becoming South Dakota
By Joan Devine
  

1     The year was 1803, and the United States had made the Louisiana Purchase. Part of the land bought from France will become South Dakota.
 
2     President Thomas Jefferson called on William Clark and Meriwether Lewis to explore the land purchased from the French. The Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled twice through South Dakota. The first time they traveled through South Dakota they raised the American flag at the mouth of the Bad River on September 25, 1804. It was the first time an American flag was flown in the state.
 
3     In 1817 Joseph LaFramboise opened a trading post. The trading post was located where Fort Pierre is now. This began the oldest continuous settlement of white people.
 
4     The first steamboat to travel the Missouri River in South Dakota was the Yellowstone. It was the year 1831. In 1831 Pierre Chouteau, Jr. built another trading post at Fort Pierre. His trading post replaced Joseph LaFramboise's old post.
 
5     When the army bought Fort Pierre in 1855, it was in poor condition. It was in 1857 that the army moved to Fort Randall. Even though the army left Fort Pierre, white settlers continued to live there.

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