One of the least populous states, North Dakota lies along the Canadian border. It was admitted to the union in 1889, when the Dakota Territory was divided into North and South Dakota. During the territorial period, many settlements were military forts and important posts in the Indian wars of the 19th century. As the area became more populous, more forts and infantry posts were established to protect railroads and early settlers from Indian attacks. Many settlements in this period had mixed populations of military, white settlers, ...

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