This state, located in the Upper Midwest of the country, was named after the Dakota Sioux nation, the most significant of the various Native American tribes that inhabited these lands for thousands of years. North Dakota consists mainly of the Great Plains, which means prairies, steppe, and farmlands. It is believed that the state’s city of Rugby is the geographical center of North America.
North Dakota is the fourth least populous and the 19th largest state in the country. Fargo is the largest city, while Bismarck is the state’s capital. The Dakota Territory was established in 1861, mainly by American pioneers, who boosted the economy primarily because of the gigantic farms across the rolling prairies. North Dakota, alongside neighboring South Dakota, gained statehood in 1889, becoming the 39th and 40th states of the Union.
The state was fully settled around 1920, and industrial development grew due to its outstanding natural resources. Historically, North Dakota played a significant role in the Midwestern economy, and many transportation companies took advantage of their industrial corridors.