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Part One The History of the North Dakota Constitution, The History and Development of the North Dakota Constitution

From: The North Dakota State Constitution

James E. Leahy

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 31 July 2021

The land that became the State of North Dakota was part of the territory included in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. It was explored by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark at the request of President Thomas Jefferson. This expedition spent the winter of 1804–1805 in Mandan Indian country where they built Fort Mandan on the Missouri River at a point near Bismarck, the state’s present capital city. The explorers experienced a climate of extremes; warm days and cool nights, hot summers and cold winters, not much rain but lots of sunshine. Long before the United States...
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