Background: Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul, designed by Cass Gilbert. photo date on June 22, 2005 by Author:Mulad.

Discovering and Moving to Minnesota

Moving to Minnesota

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of Minnesota

The big preponderance of Minnesota is bodies of water and rural areas, with a majority of the activity occurring around the southeastern portions. Interestingly, many of the major cities in Minnesota are in somewhat of a close cluster, with an the exceptions of Duluth and Rochester which is located at the southernmost tip of the Minnesota, while Duluth is situated directly on the shores of Lake Superior along the border running between Wisconsin and Minnesota at the northeastern Minnesota quadrant.

Following the visits of several French explorers, fur traders, and missionaries, including Jacques Marquette, Louis Joliet, and Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, the region was claimed for Louis XIV by Daniel Greysolon, Sieur Duluth, in 1679.

The U.S. acquired eastern Minnesota from Great Britain after the Revolutionary War and 20 years later bought the western part from France in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Much of the region was explored by U.S. Army lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike before the northern strip of Minnesota bordering Canada was ceded by Britain in 1818.


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