The Verendrye wildlife refuge in Quebec, Canada
Verendrye ventured into the country of the Snake people, or
Shoshone, and reached the Black Hills before turning
back. In Feb. 1913, a fourteen year old school girl
named Hattie May Foster found a corner of a lead plate they had
left to mark the westernmost point of their travels.
Verendrye and his sons ventured deeper into the uncharted
country of the American West than any French, English, or Dutch
explorers. The land they now claimed for the King of France
became part of the French Louisiana territory that was ceded to the
new American republic by Napoleon in 1803. In time, the lands
first explored by Verendrye would become the modern-day states of
Nebraska, Iowa, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, and Minnesota.
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