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Apart from the brief visit of the Scandinavians in the early eleventh century, the Western Hemisphere remained unknown to Europe until Columbus's voyage in 1492. However, the native peoples of North and South America arrived from Asia long before, in a series of migrations that began perhaps as early as forty thousand years ago across the land bridge that connected Siberia and Alaska.
Oklahoma History Timeline
Important Dates, Events, and Milestones
Offers a chronological timeline of important dates, events, and milestones in Oklahoma history.
1541 - Francisco Vásquez de Coronado first explored the region for Spain
1803 - The US acquired most of Oklahoma in 1803 in the Louisiana Purchase from France
1819 - Adams-Onís Treaty with Spain defined Oklahoma as the southwestern boundary of the United States.
1824 - Fort Gibson was the first fort to be established in Oklahoma.
1830s - 1840s - The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole (called the Five Civilized Tribes) are encouraged and then forced to relocate from their native lands (by the US government) into Oklahoma, known then as the Indian Territory. Thousands of native Americans lost their lives on the bloody marches to Oklahoma.
1834 - Set aside as Indian Territory
1842 - Remaining Seminole Indians (from Florida) move to Oklahoma
1890 - May 2 - Region was divided into Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory
1891 -September 21 - The Sac and Fox, Pottawatomie-Shawnee Lands, located just east of the original run site, were opened.
1892 - April 19 - The Cheyenne and Arapaho lands in western Oklahoma were opened.
1893 -September 16 - The largest and most spectacular run in northern Oklahoma, the Cherokee Strip, was held.
1895 -May 23rd - the Kickapoo Land Run was held in central Oklahoma
1907 - November 16 - Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory were combined to make a new state, Oklahoma. Oklahoma became the 46th state to join the Union.
1930's - Oklahoma part of the Dust Bowl
1935 - May - Rural Electrification Administration established
1937 - Route 66 which is also known as "The Mother Road,"
"The Main Street of America" and "The Will Rogers Highway" was paved
end to end.
1959 - Alcohol prohibition is repealed in the state
1995 - Terrorist bomb blows up the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, and injuring hundreds more.
State History Timelines
State History Timelines
Chronological timeline of important dates, events, and milestones in United States history from discovery to present
What is the past, and why is it important? How do we learn about events in the past?
Study history will allow students to gain a frame of reference for understanding history and for recognizing that the past is different depending on who is remembering and retelling it.