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Republican Atlas of Boone County Iowa (Newspaper) - January 1, 1902, Boone, Iowa
Howa he Early history of Iowa is closely identified with the history of the missis Sippi Valley up to the year 1880 the Spanish government claimed All the territory West of the Mississippi River by virtue of the discovery of Columbus and the subsequent exploration of Fernando Desoto. The French however were the first to make anything like an extended exploration of the Region now known As the Middle West. Having established extensive trading posts in Canada they were anxious to extend their clams and the Church was likewise desirous of establishing the Catholic Faith in country. Father Marquette and a fur trader by the name of Joliet were Tho first White men to sex lore the Northern part of the Mississippi Valley. Later Robert de la Salle took Possession in the name of France of All the territory drained the father of Waters and its tributaries naming it Louisiana in Honor of the King. In 186-2 England wrested Canada from the French and France fearing that Louisiana might also he Force ably occupied by the English ceded the territory to Spain with a secret understanding that it would be returned at some future time. About thirty years later trouble Over the use of the River threatened War Between the United states and Spain and to avoid open hostilities Spain re ceded Louisiana to France. Napoleon being in need of funds for conducting his european wars and fearing the Western Terri tory might prove difficult to protect opened negotiations for its Sale to the United states an i april 30, 1803 Louisiana passed into the Hinds of this Gor Armont for the sum of what is now the state of Iowa was included in various territorial governments District of Louisiana territory of Missouri Michigan Wisconsin and finally the territory of Iowa. The name Iowa was first used to designate one of the counties of Michigan. The territory a s divided into two sections the Northern being known As Dubuque and the Southern As Moines. Gou emment established. In 1838 the territory of Iowa was organized with a Capitol at Flint Mills now ton and Robert Dricos a former governor of Ohio was appointed its first governor Iowa territory comprised what is now Iowa Minne Sota West of the Mississippi River and the Dakotas East of the White Earth and Missouri Rivers. The territorial organization into effect july 4, 1838. The population at this time was about Eil Ftfe years later december 28, 1846, confess approved the admission of Iowa to statehood there were at that time Twenty seven organized counties in the state and the population was Tho first state governor Ansel Bris. Gap Talg. While. Iowa was Yot a part of Wisconsin territory Burlington then Flint Hills was the capital. After the organization of Iowa Terri tory Burlington continued to be the capital until Iowa City was founded by a commission appointed to select a seat of government. Officers moved to Iowa City in 1841, which continued to Bathe Pipit in until 1857 when the present capital site at Des Moines was occupied. Peopling of Loma. History has no record of the first people of Iowa. The races found Here by the French
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