North Dakota History and Attractions

By | July 25, 2022

According to, North Dakota is one of the least populated states in the USA probably due to its geographic conformation and its position, in the Midwest, halfway between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, under Canada.

To the south, the state borders South Dakota, Montana to the west and Minnesota to the east.


Territory among the most frequented by explorers Lewis and Clark who meet the guide Sacagawea here. However, the native Indian tribes are decimated in the mid-1800s due to a smallpox epidemic. It was at the end of the nineteenth century that the railway facilitated the arrival of numerous settlers from Europe and the neighboring territories of North Dakota. According to, Roosvelt often has himself portrayed present in North Dakota to show his more human side and close to the traditional spirit but also typical adventurer of the western frontier.

Places to visit

Fargo is an interesting multi-faceted city. Very lively from an artistic point of view, it was a border post, a base for fur hunters, a place for facilitated divorces, a place to hide excellent defendants during trials.

The capital of North Dakota, however, is Bismarck, with about 55,000 inhabitants. Here you can visit the meeting places between Lewis and Clark explorers and Native American Indians. Around the city there are numerous sites with Indian land constructions but also the center in which to learn the details of the epic exploration of the two European adventurers.

Minot is an anomalous town as it has Scandinavian origins which it protects with great rigor and pride, showing numerous icons typical of northern Europe such as a Norwegian wooden church and Finnish saunas. The largest Scandinavian festival in the world is also celebrated in October.


Theodor Roosvelt National Park encloses strikingly colored rock formations alongside grasslands where wild and luxuriant nature reigns. You can admire mules, deer, bighorn sheep, elk, bison, many varieties of bird species. A visit on horseback is ideal to get in touch with the atmosphere of the place.
Towards Montana instead, always moving further west, the territory becomes more desolate and the horizon itself of the prairie becomes more barren. The small urban centers are decadent and however they maintain the charm while showing a path that will perhaps lead them to be almost ghost towns.


It is possible in North Dakota to immerse yourself in the America of the past also through gastronomy. Alongside recipes such as bison meatloaf you can sip a drink made from grapes or flavored with a root extract. However, there is no shortage of restaurants that even serve Thai shrimp pizza, especially in the sophisticated restaurants of the city of Fargo.

NAMED: “The Peace Garden State”
ORIGIN NAME: The Dakota, who populated the region, were, among the Indians of the prairies, the most evolved from a cultural point of view.
CAPITAL: Bismarck
MEMBER UNION SINCE: November 2, 1889 (39th state)
CAPITAL POPULATION: 72,777 residents
MOTTO: “Liberty and union, now and forever: one and inseparable”
TREE: American Elm
BIRD: Western Meadowlark
FLOWER: Wild Prairie Rose
SONG: North Dakota Hymn
THE FLAG: The North Dakota flag has a blue background, in which there is a bald eagle with an olive branch and a bunch of arrows in its talons. In its beak, the eagle carries a ribbon with the motto “one nation made up of many states”. The shield on the eagle’s chest has thirteen stars, representing the original thirteen states. The design above the eagle represents the birth of the new nation, the United States. The name “North Dakota” appears on a red ribbon.
AGRICULTURE: Wheat, livestock, barley, sunflowers, milk, sugar beets.
INDUSTRY: Food processing, mining, tourism.

State economy of North Dakota

Agriculture, one of the fundamental sectors of the economy, produces about 10% of the state’s income. The main product is wheat. The state is by far the country’s largest producer of durum wheat. Livestock farming is less important, however it accounts for a significant part of the income produced globally by the agricultural sector.

Of North Dakota’s many mineral resources, the most important are coal and oil. Natural gas fields are located in the western part of the territory. Coal reserves place North Dakota at the top of the United States.

The main industries are those that exploit local resources: agricultural products (especially wheat) and petroleum products (crude oil and natural gas refineries).

economy of North Dakota