Nickname: North Star State and Land of 10,000 Lakes
Origin of Name: Based on the Dakota Sioux word Minisota. It is based on the Dakota Sioux Indian
word "sky-tinted waters." Centuries ago, that is what the
Dakota named the river now called the Minnesota River.
Minnesota supported two major Indian tribes; the
(Chippewa). The earliest Europeans in the area were the
searching for a Northwest Passage.
In 1763, the British claimed the area east of the Mississippi River and this area went to the U.S. after the American Revolution. In
1803, the French portion joined America with the Louisiana Purchase.
Sioux Indians revolted with bloody fighting in 1862 and were driven
out of Minnesota.
Today, Minnesota is a favorite destination for those seeking fishing
and solitude on the state's many bodies of water.
Minnesota has the largest
population in the lower 48 states.