March: Iowa History Month
March is Iowa History Month. Did you know:
Long before Europeans came to Iowa, the state was populated by several Native American tribes: the Ioway in the central and west portions of the state, the Sioux in the north, the Saux and Fox in the east, and the Otoe in the southwest. In addition to hunting, tribes grew crops of corn and beans.
Iowa has been under two national flags. The first was the French flag, when in 1682, French explorer Robert de La Salle claimed the region for France. It wasn’t until the Louisiana purchase in 1803 that Iowa flew the American flag.
Dubuque is the state’s oldest city. Europeans established their first permanent Iowa settlement in 1778 by none other than Julien Dubuque, the city’s namesake.
Congress established the Iowa Territory in 1838, and became a state in 1846, making 2021 Iowa’s 175th anniversary.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has some resources for you.