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The Europeans arrive in North Dakota

Today’s lecture in North Dakota History briefly concluded our two-part examination of Native North Dakota and transitioned into the arrival of Europeans in North Dakota. Students learned about the larger French colonial expansion in North America, with special attention devoted to the fur trade. It was quite interesting for me to learn about Pierre La Verendrye, who was the first white trapper to reach the area, reaching the Mandan villages near present-day Bismarck. We then discussed the French and Indian War and the spread of disease, especially smallpox to the tribes in North Dakota. Overall, this week has been informative and enlightening and I now look forward to relaxing a little during the long, Labor Day weekend, so, I will see you all on Tuesday, unless sooner.

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