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South Dakota has been inhabited by humans for as long as several thousands of years. European settlers settled in the area in 1743 on the occasion of the LaVerendrye brothers exploring the region.
South Dakota was purchased as part of the Louisiana territory from Napolean bonaparte in 1803. This newly-acquired region was explored by then President Roosevelt in what is famously called the “Lewis and Clark expedition”.
South Dakota is located in the north-central United States. It is considered a part of both the Midwest as well as the Great Plains region. The total land area of South Dakota is 77,121 square miles (199,740 sq. km)This is the 17th largest state by area in the Union. The state also consists of many rivers and natural lakes.
The state of South Dakota has breathtaking natural beauty as well as gorgeous man made sites of attraction. These include Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, the Missouri river, Falls Park, Corn Palace, and so much more. Other attractions in the state of South Dakota are Badlands National Park, Black Hills National Forest, Deadwood, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, etc.
The state of South Dakota has everything from old style western towns to new age bustling cities. The state is divided into four regions: the western region, the central region, northeast region and southeast region Major cities include the Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Brookings, Watertown, Mitchell, etc. The state is regarded as an ideal destination for a vacation by many.
South Dakota has six public universities. South Dakota State University is its largest university while the University of South Dakota, which was established in 1862, is its oldest university. It also has South Dakota's only law and medical schools. There are also several private universities, the largest of which is called Augustana College in Sioux Falls.
Joined the UnionMay 23, 1788
NicknameThe Mount Rushmore State
Largest CitySioux Falls
Area77116 sq. Mi
Highest pointHarney Peak
Lowest pointBig Stone Lake on Minnesota border
Time ZoneUTC-6/-5, UTC-7/-6