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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.2

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    all-water, census, dairying, iceboat, milling, ojibwa, production, education, metropolitan, pulp, meaning, northern, focus, leading, recreation, military
     content words:    United States, Native Americans, Minnesota River, Gopher State, North Star State, Twin Cities, Mound Builders, Pacific Ocean, Great Britain, Louisiana Territory


Minnesota
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Minnesota sits in the middle of the northern part of the United States. It became the 32nd state on May 11, 1858. The name Minnesota comes from a Sioux word meaning "cloudy water." It refers to the Minnesota River. Some nicknames for Minnesota are "the Land of 10,000 Lakes", "the Gopher State", and "the North Star State."
 
2     Minnesota's rich history goes back to around 6000 B.C. By about 500 B.C., the Mound Builders lived there. Then came the Dakota, or Sioux people. Ojibwa people settled here by the early 18th century.
 
3     Early French explorers claimed Minnesota for France. They traded for furs and searched for an all-water route to the Pacific Ocean. France was forced to give part of Minnesota to Great Britain under the Treaty of Paris after the French and Indian War. After that, British fur traders moved into the area.
 
4     The United States gained the land from Great Britain after the Revolutionary War and through the purchase of the Louisiana Territory. Minnesota became a U.S. Territory in 1849.
 
5     Treaties between the government and the Dakotas became real issues. In 1862, there was violence between the settlers and the Dakota. Many on both sides were killed in battles.

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