Jean Nicolet first explored Green Bay and the Wisconsin region for France when he landed there in 1634. A Roman Catholic mission and French trading post near present-day Ashland were established in 1660.
After the French and Indian Wars
ended, in 1763, Great Britain gained control of the Wisconsin area. In 1783, after the Revolutionary War
ended, the United States Acquired the area, but the British continued to control it until the War of 1812 ended. From 1800 to 1836, the area was part of Indiana
, then Illinois
, and finally Michigan
territories. Then it became its own territory.
Wisconsin is one of the most agriculturally-rich states in the U.S. It is famous for its cheeses and dairy products. In fact, it has the nicknames “America’s Dairyland” and “Cheese Capital of the United States.” Most of Wisconsin is plains land, which is perfect for cattle and crops. Nevertheless, some areas of the state are industrial, particularly areas along Lake Michigan, such as Milwaukee.
Wisconsin Counties – The Wisconsin Territory, was organized on July 4, 1836. The State of Wisconsin was created as the 30th state on May 29, 1848. It has 72 Counties. Wisconsin borders Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa and Illinois. The Wisconsin State Capital is in Madison and the state government website is http://access.wi.gov.
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