Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. It is bordered by Texas to the south and west, New Mexico to the west, Colorado to the northwest, Kansas to the north, and Missouri and Arkansas to the east. The European history of Oklahoma can be traced back to the Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado in 1541, but it wasn’t claimed until 1683 when it came under French Rule. After this time it was ruled by the France and Spain at different intervals and it didn’t become part of the United States until the Louisiana Purchase when all of the French territory to the west of the Mississippi river was sold to the United States. However, it was still many years before this area become a state.
The state now known as Oklahoma was originally designated as part of Louisiana Territory, but the future state of Oklahoma underwent many changes. In 1812 it was part of Missouri Territory until 1821 when it became part of Arkansas Territory. In 1824 and 1828 the western portions of this territory were separated and eventually it became Indian Territory (also known as Indian Country). In 1890 a portion of modern day Oklahoma became the Oklahoma Territory. In 1907 the Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory was combined and on November 16, 1907, it officially became Oklahoma State. It was the 46th state to be admitted to the Union and the first state to be admitted in the 20th century!
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Prior to 1907 there were attempts to create an all-Indian state called Oklahoma, and later Sequoyah, but these attempts failed. However, it is generally accepted that these attempts laid the foundation for the eventual successful statehood campaign.