US Nursing: South Dakota
Historically minded nurses will find that exploration of this area began in 1743 when François Verendrye came from France in search of a route to the Pacific.
The U.S. acquired the region as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and it was explored by Lewis and Clark in 1804″1806. Fort Pierre, the first permanent settlement, was established in 1817.
Settlement of South Dakota did not begin in earnest until the arrival of the railroad in 1873 and the discovery of gold in the Black Hills in 1874.