It was at the end of the 1500s that the Europeans came and explored the area. In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildgo would end the war between Mexico and the U.S and shortly after, Colorado ceded to the U.S. The state would have newcomers arriving in the masses after gold was discovered here in 1848.
As the U.S. government forced the Native Americans out of their land in what is now Louisiana, many came to this area to set up home, known as the Plains Indians. During 1860 to 1880, the Plains Indians and the white man settlers would fight over this land.
In 1875, Colorado joined the union, making it the 38th state. When it comes to land mass, it is the 8th largest state in American, abundant in natural resources, which is what attracted its first settlers – the Pueblo people.
Things You May Not Know
There are over 4,000 archaeological sites in Mesa Verde National Park with approximately 600 cliff dwellings. Pikes Peak came to be from being the Louisiana Purchase southwestern boundary.
And it was Pike’s Peak that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write “America The Beautiful” after a trip to the area. The Colorado Rockies have 58 peaks, each having their name, and is home to the highest elevation in the country.
150 Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians arrived peacefully in Colorado in November of 1864 with the belief that they were going to be protected by the American government, only to be slaughtered by volunteer soldiers by orders of Colonel John Chivington. For many years, this atrocity would serve as a catalyst that resulted in war between the American Army and Native American Indians.