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Oklahoma History Timeline

The Oklahoma History Timeline Overview
Oklahoma was claimed by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase
Statehood: Oklahoma was admitted to the Union on November 16, 1907
Constitution: 46th State to be admitted to the Union
State Motto: "Labor Conquers all things"

Oklahoma History Timeline

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Spanish explorer, Spanish Hernando de Soto (1500-1542) explores the area in search of gold



The Spanish explorer, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado (1510-1554) explores Oklahoma



Many different tribes from the great Indian Nations were forced to move from their homelands and were granted land in Oklahoma



French Explorer, Soldier and Trader Jean Baptiste Bernard de La Harpe (1683 - 1765) explores Oklahoma



1756 - 1763: The Seven Years War (French and Indian War) due to disputes over land is won by Great Britain. France gives England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans. The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba.



French possessions west of the Mississippi River, then known as the Province of Louisiana, were transferred to Spain



1775 - 1783 - The American Revolution creates the United States of America. The Revolution was due to the British burden of taxes and total power to legislate any laws governing the American colonies. George Washingtonled the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (American War of Independence)



July 4, 1776 - United States Declaration of Independence



July 10, 1778 - France declares war against Britain and makes an alliance with the American revolutionary forces



September 3, 1783 - The Treaty of Paris is signed by the victorious United States and the defeated Great Britain



Oklahoma was claimed by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase



The Louisiana Purchase - In 1803, the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France. The U.S. Secretary of State, James Madison paid 15 million dollars for the land



Lewis and Clark expeditions to Oklahoma - Info - Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) and William Clark (1770- 1838)



Lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike (1779-1813), a native of New Jersey, explores Oklahoma



1812 - 1815 - The War of 1812 between U.S. and Great Britain, ended in a stalemate but confirmed America's Independence



Fort Smith, a military post, was established at the mouth of the Poteau River, on the eastern border of Oklahoma



1836 - 1837 - The Second Creek War (Seminole War)



1832-1839 - Removal of the Seminole, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Creek Indians, known as the "Five Civilized Tribes", to Indian Territory in Oklahoma



1861 - 1865: The American Civil War. outbreak of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln,a known opponent of slavery, was elected president and in 1861 the South Secedes. The initial Secession of South Carolina was followed by the secession of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. These eleven states eventually formed the Confederate States of America. The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War.



The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy



1865 December 6 - The Abolishment of Slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, thus officially abolishing slavery



The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy



Unassigned Lands were offered to settlers through a series of horse races - many people arrived early for Land Opening / Land Run and these were nicknamed the 'Sooners'



1898-1901 The Spanish American War. On December 10, 1898 the Treaty of Paris the US annexes Puerto Rico, Guam, Philippines.



Statehood - The Date that Oklahoma was admitted to the Union - November 16, 1907. Constitution - Oklahoma was the 46th State to be admitted to the Union. State Motto - " Labor omnia vincit " the State Motto is translated as " Labor Conquers all things".

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Origin of the State name - Two Choctaw words were combined to mean red person - "ukla" meaning person and "huma" meaning red to form the word.

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