Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle, traveled through Indiana
down the St. John and Kankakee rivers.
1680 Sieur de la Salle explored much of
ca. 1731 The French founded
Vincennes, the first permanent "white"
settlement in Indiana.
1733 The French built a fort at
1763 France ceded the Indiana region to
1779, February 24 A band of frontiersmen
led by George
Rogers Clark captured Vincennes.
1787 Indiana became part of the Northwest
1794 General Anthony
Wayne founded Fort Wayne.
ca. 1795 The Potawatomi built villages in
1800 Congress established the Indiana
Territory, with the capital at Vincennes.
Henry Harrison's troops defeated an Indian force in
the Battle of Tippecanoe.
1816, December 11 Indiana became the 19th state.
1824 The state capital was moved to
1825 Robert Owen founded the
experimental community of New Harmony.
1838 The last Potawatomi were drive out of
Indiana by military force.
ca. 1850 The Cumberland
Road was completed across Indiana, from Richmond to
1852 The Studebaker Brothers arrived in
1862 The rapid-fire machine gun was
invented by Richard
J. Gatling at Indianapolis.
1863 The only Civil War
battle in Indiana was fought at Corydon.
1886 The state's first gas well was
drilled at Portland.
1889 The Standard Oil Company built a
refinery at Whiting.
1894 Elwood G. Haynes of Kokomo began
testing gasoline-powered automobiles.
1905 The United States Steel
Corporation founded Gary.
1911 The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
held its first 500-mile race.
1915 The Indiana Legislature adopted the
Workmen's Compensation Act and a primary election law.
1956 The Northern Indiana Toll Road
1963 The Studebaker Corporation ended
automobile production in South Bend.
1963 The Indiana Legislature established
the state's first retail sales tax (of 2 per cent).
Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle
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