Oklahoma Timeline History

The Dust Bowl ravaged the Oklahoma Panhandle and nearby areas in the 1930s.

arrow Oklahoma Timeline History

arrow 1682: French explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle claimed Oklahoma for France

arrow 1803: U.S. acquired most of Oklahoma from France in the Louisiana Purchase

arrow 1830s - 1840s: The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole called the Five Civilized Tribes: were forced to relocate from their native lands by the U.S. government: into Oklahoma, known then as the Indian Territory. Thousands of native Americans lost their lives on the bloody marches to Oklahoma.

arrow 1842: Remaining Seminole Indians from Florida: moved to Oklahoma

arrow 1860s: After the Civil War, because the Indians had sided with the Confederacy, they faced ruin and forfeiture of their lands

arrow 1870s: An additional 25 tribes were moved to Oklahoma to reside on federal lands

arrow 1872: The railroad crossed Oklahoma, and routes of commerce began to open

arrow 1875: At the Battle of Washita, George Custer defeated remaining Indian forces, and in general terms the Indian wars ended

arrow 1889: U.S. government opened all unassigned Oklahoma lands for settlement, and thousands of settlers crossed the border to stake their claims

arrow 1890: Oklahoma Territory created, coexisted with the Indian Territory

arrow 1907: Oklahoma became a state

arrow 1930s: Severe drought and the national economic depression ruined most of Oklahoma's farmers

arrow 1959: Alcohol prohibition was repealed in the state

arrow 1971: The McClellen-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System opened, connecting Tulsa and Oklahoma: to the Mississippi River

arrow 1990: Oklahoma became the first state to limit the terms of legislators

arrow 1995: Terrorist bomb blew up the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, and injuring hundreds more

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