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Origin of Name based on a Cheppewa word believed to mean "grassy place." Area (rank) 65,503 sq mi (23rd). Population (rank) 5,742,713 (20th). Capital Madison. First Explored by Jean Nicollet in 1634. Admitted to Union (rank) May 29, 1848 (30th).
Important Dates in WisconsinImportant Dates in Wisconsin
1634 French explorer Jean Nicollet landed near present-day Green Bay. 1783 Wisconsin became part of the United States. April 20, 1836 Congress created the Wisconsin Territory. May 29, 1848 Wisconsin became the 30th state.
Jean Nicollet de BelleborneJean Nicollet de Belleborne
became the first white person to set foot in Wisconsin when he landed at Green Bay in 1634 on a mission to find the China Sea.

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