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A Brief History of Oklahoma
Precontact Oklahoma: The first humans arrived in Oklahoma about 30,000 years ago and lived as hunters and gatherers. Around 2,000 years ago, some groups developed agriculture and built mounds for ceremonial purposes. The Caddoan Mississippi Culture was one of the most advanced civilizations in the region until European contact.
European Exploration and Colonization: The first Europeans to explore Oklahoma were Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. They encountered various Native American tribes, such as the Wichita, the Osage, and the Apache. In the 18th century, French traders and missionaries also visited the area. Oklahoma was part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and became part of the United States.
Indian Territory: In the 19th century, Oklahoma became known as Indian Territory. In this place, Native Americans from other states were forcibly relocated by the federal government. The Trail of Tears was one of the most tragic events in this process, as thousands of Cherokee died on their way to Oklahoma. Other tribes that settled in Oklahoma include the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Kiowa.
Land Rushes and Statehood: In 1889, the first land rush opened up part of Oklahoma for white settlement. Thousands raced to claim free land in what became known as the Unassigned Lands. More land rushes followed in subsequent years, creating towns and cities across Oklahoma. In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state to join the union.
Oil Boom and Dust Bowl: In the early 20th century, Oklahoma experienced an oil boom that brought wealth and prosperity to many people. Oil fields were discovered across the state, creating new industries and businesses. However, in the 1930s, Oklahoma also suffered from the Dust Bowl, a severe drought and soil erosion period that caused massive crop failures and migrations. Many Oklahomans moved to other states in search of better opportunities.
Location & Climate
Oklahoma has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The average temperature in Oklahoma is 60.5°F (15.8°C), with a record high of 120°F (48.9°C) and a record low of -27°F (-32.8°C). Oklahoma receives about 36 inches (914 millimeters) of precipitation annually, mostly rain. However, Oklahoma is also prone to severe weather events, such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, floods, and wildfires. Oklahoma is part of Tornado Alley, a region that experiences more tornadoes than any other place in the world.
Fun Facts of Oklahoma and Pets
Oklahoma is the only state that has an official state meal, which consists of fried okra, cornbread, barbecue pork, squash, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken-fried steak, black-eyed peas, and pecan pie.
Oklahoma is home to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, which showcases the art, history, and culture of the American West. The museum has a pet cemetery where famous rodeo animals are buried, such as Tornado the Bull and Midnight the Horse.
Oklahoma has more artificial lakes than any other state, with over 200 lakes and 1 million surface acres of water. Some of the most popular lakes for boating, fishing, and swimming are Lake Texoma, Grand Lake O' the Cherokees, and Lake Eufaula. Many of these lakes have pet-friendly beaches and campgrounds where you can enjoy the water with your furry friend.
Oklahoma is the birthplace of many famous people and animals, such as Will Rogers, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Brad Pitt, Carrie Underwood, and Blake Shelton. Some of the favorite pets that were born or lived in Oklahoma include Winnie the Pooh (a black bear cub that inspired the stories by A.A. Milne), Misty (a horse that starred in the movie Misty of Chincoteague), and Reveille (the official mascot of Texas A&M University).