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Oklahoma Statehood Day

November 16th, 2005

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The United States acquired the present day Oklahoma in 1803, as part of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty. The agreement provided for the purchase of the western half of the Mississippi River basin from France, doubling the size of the U.S. and paving the way for westward expansion beyond the Mississippi.

Oklahoma was designated Indian Territory in 1828. By 1880, sixty tribes, forced by European immigration and the U.S. government to relocate, had moved to Oklahoma.

In 1889 part of the region, not assigned to any tribe (the Unassigned Lands), was opened to settlement by non-Native Americans, and in 1890 the Oklahoma Territory was organized.

And on November 16, 1907 the Oklahoma Territory and the Indian Territory were merged to create the state of Oklahoma; in 2005 the 98th Oklahoma Statehood Day is celebrated.

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