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Wisconsin The first settlers of Wisconsin were the Native Americans who arrived over 10000 years ago At the time of statehood there were a total of four different Indian tribes that made the western great lakes their home Fur trading is what attracted the first Europeans to Wisconsin in the 17th century In the 1840s large numbers of German settlers started to arrive in Wisconsin most of them being political and religious refuges Wisconsin is a very multi-ethnic state but it still remains the most German state in the US In the 1600s the area that would become Wisconsin was actually claimed as part of new France by French fur traders Great Britain acquired Wisconsin at the end of the French and Indian war in 1763 British control ended with the war of 1812 Wisconsin was first governed by the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and then by the laws of Indiana Illinois and Michigan On July 41836 Wisconsin joined the Union Wisconsin was admitted to the United States as the 30th state on May 291848 Agriculture has played a huge role in Wisconsin since the 1830s and it is still a big part of the state today Early on wheat was one of the most important crop but as time moved on the dairy industry dominated This is what gave Wisconsin its nickname Americas Dairyland In the northern forests of Wisconsin logging became a very poplular industry Although these were the more exclusive industries there was also shipping milling and smolting In the later part of the 19th century paper making meat processing cheese-making metal working and the manufacturing of farm implements grew from Wisconsins abundant natural assets Since statehood Wisconsin has seen steady population growth Wisconsin has acquired over 418600 residents since the 1990 census The four strongest areas of growth are the Fox
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