Dakota Territory

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The Territory of Dakota was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from March 2, 1861, until November 2, 1889, when the final extent of the reduced territory was split and admitted to the Union as the states of North and South Dakota.wikipedia
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South Dakota

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The Territory of Dakota was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from March 2, 1861, until November 2, 1889, when the final extent of the reduced territory was split and admitted to the Union as the states of North and South Dakota. Upon creation, Dakota Territory included much of present-day Montana and Wyoming as well as all of present-day North Dakota and South Dakota and a small portion of present-day Nebraska.
As the southern part of the former Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with North Dakota.

Rupert's Land

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The Dakota Territory consisted of the northernmost part of the land acquired in the Louisiana purchase in 1803, as well as the southernmost part of Rupert's Land, which was acquired in 1818 when the boundary was changed to the 49th parallel.
It also included present-day United States territory, including parts of the states of Minnesota and North Dakota and very small parts of Montana and South Dakota.

Minnesota Territory

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Most of Dakota Territory was formerly part of the Minnesota and Nebraska territories.
The boundaries of the Minnesota Territory, as carved out of Iowa Territory, included the current Minnesota region and most of what later became Dakota Territory east of the Missouri River.

John Blair Smith Todd

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Three years later President-elect Abraham Lincoln's cousin-in-law, J.B.S. Todd, personally lobbied for territory status and the U.S. Congress formally created Dakota Territory.
John Blair Smith Todd (April 4, 1814 – January 5, 1872) was a Delegate from Dakota Territory to the United States House of Representatives and a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Minnesota

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When Minnesota became a state in 1858, the leftover area between the Missouri River and Minnesota's western boundary fell unorganized.
The six-week war ended with the execution of 38 Dakota and the exile of most of the rest to the Crow Creek Reservation in Dakota Territory.

Montana Territory

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A small patch of land known as "Lost Dakota" existed as a remote exclave of Dakota Territory until it became part of Gallatin County, Montana Territory, in 1873. At the beginning of 1888, the Democrats under president Grover Cleveland proposed that the four territories of Montana, New Mexico, Dakota and Washington should be admitted together.
The areas east of the Continental Divide had been previously part of the Nebraska Territory and Dakota Territory and had been acquired by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase.

Department of the Northwest

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The Department of the Northwest sent expeditions into Dakota Territory in 1863, 1864 and 1865.
It was composed of the forces within the territory of the states of Wisconsin (taken from the Dept. of the Ohio), Minnesota and Iowa (from the Department of the Mississippi), and the Nebraska and Dakota Territories (from the Department of Kansas).

Gallatin County, Montana

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A small patch of land known as "Lost Dakota" existed as a remote exclave of Dakota Territory until it became part of Gallatin County, Montana Territory, in 1873.
During the territorial era, a small patch of land known as "Lost Dakota" existed as a remote exclave of Dakota Territory until it was transferred to Gallatin County, Montana Territory, in 1873.

Lost Dakota

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A small patch of land known as "Lost Dakota" existed as a remote exclave of Dakota Territory until it became part of Gallatin County, Montana Territory, in 1873.
Lost Dakota is a portion of land that was left over after the division of the Dakota Territory into other states in the late 19th century.

Bottineau County, North Dakota

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Territorial counties were defined in 1872, including Bottineau County, Cass County and others.
The Territorial legislature identified Bottineau as one of the original counties of the territory.

Cass County, North Dakota

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Territorial counties were defined in 1872, including Bottineau County, Cass County and others.
Cass County was defined by action of the Dakota Territory legislature on January 4, 1873, and its organization was effected on October 27 of that year.

The Dakotas

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By 1868, creation of new territories reduced Dakota Territory to the present boundaries of the Dakotas.
It has been used historically to describe the Dakota Territory, and is still used for the collective heritage, culture, geography, fauna, sociology, the economy, and cuisine among the two states.

Yankton, South Dakota

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The territorial capital was Yankton from 1861 until 1883, when it was moved to Bismarck.
Yankton was the first capital of Dakota Territory.

North Dakota

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The Territory of Dakota was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from March 2, 1861, until November 2, 1889, when the final extent of the reduced territory was split and admitted to the Union as the states of North and South Dakota. Upon creation, Dakota Territory included much of present-day Montana and Wyoming as well as all of present-day North Dakota and South Dakota and a small portion of present-day Nebraska.
Bismarck, in south-central North Dakota along the banks of the Missouri River, has been North Dakota's capital city since 1883, first as capital of the Dakota Territory, and then as state capital since 1889.

Bismarck, North Dakota

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The territorial capital was Yankton from 1861 until 1883, when it was moved to Bismarck.
It has been North Dakota's capital city since 1889, when the state was created from the Dakota Territory and admitted to the Union.

Montana

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Upon creation, Dakota Territory included much of present-day Montana and Wyoming as well as all of present-day North Dakota and South Dakota and a small portion of present-day Nebraska.
Before the creation of Montana Territory (1864–1889), areas within present-day Montana were part of the Oregon Territory (1848–1859), Washington Territory (1853–1863), Idaho Territory (1863–1864), and Dakota Territory (1861–1864).

Dakota War of 1862

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Dakota Territory was not directly involved in the American Civil War but did raise some troops to defend the settlements following the Dakota War of 1862 which triggered hostilities with the Sioux tribes of Dakota Territory.
The Dakota raided farms and small settlements throughout south central Minnesota and what was then eastern Dakota Territory.

Great Sioux War of 1876

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Gold was discovered in the Black Hills in 1874 and attracted more settlers, setting off the last Sioux War.
The growing number of miners and settlers encroaching in the Dakota Territory, however, rapidly nullified the protections.

Black Hills

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Gold was discovered in the Black Hills in 1874 and attracted more settlers, setting off the last Sioux War.
During the 1875–1878 gold rush, thousands of miners went to the Black Hills; in 1880, the area was the most densely populated part of the Dakota Territory.

Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868)

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Following the Civil War, hostilities continued with the Sioux until the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie.
In total, it allocated about 25% of the Dakota Territory as it existed at the time.

Sitting Bull

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Crook ignored leaders like Sitting Bull and Red Cloud who opposed the sale and kept them out of the negotiations, preferring instead to deal with moderate leaders like American Horse.
Sitting Bull was born on land later included in the Dakota Territory.

Nebraska Territory

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Most of Dakota Territory was formerly part of the Minnesota and Nebraska territories.
March 2, 1861, saw the creation of the Dakota Territory.

Man Without a Gun

Dakota Territory was the setting for the syndicated western television series, Man Without a Gun, starring Rex Reason as newspaper editor Adam McLean and Mort Mills as Marshal Frank Tillman.
Set in the town of Yellowstone near Yellowstone National Park in the then Dakota Territory during the 1870s, the program starred Rex Reason as newspaper editor Adam MacLean, who brought miscreants to justice without the use of violence or gunplay but through his Yellowstone Sentinel.

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

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The Disney musical film The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band takes place in the Dakota Territory during the time of the 1888 Presidential Election.
Set against the backdrop of the 1888 presidential election, the film portrays the musically talented Bower family, American pioneers who settle in the Dakota Territory.

Grover Cleveland

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At the beginning of 1888, the Democrats under president Grover Cleveland proposed that the four territories of Montana, New Mexico, Dakota and Washington should be admitted together.
In the month before Cleveland's 1885 inauguration, President Arthur opened four million acres of Winnebago and Crow Creek Indian lands in the Dakota Territory to white settlement by executive order.