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1634, Frenchman Jean Nicolet became Wisconsin's first European
explorer. The French controlled the area until 1763, when it was
ceded to the British. The state's name is an English version of a
French adaptation of an Indian name said to mean "the place
where we live."
The Wisconsin Territory was formed in 1836 and was
admitted into the Union as the 30th state in 1848. With the
nickname "America's Dairyland," it's no surprise that
Wisconsin is one of the top producers of milk, cheese, and butter
in the country. In fact, the loyal fans of the Green Bay Packers
football team call themselves "cheeseheads." Milwaukee,
the state's largest city, helps make Wisconsin one of the largest
manufacturing states in the nation.
The state capital, Madison, is home to the
University of Wisconsin. The flower of the "Badger
State" is the wood violet and the state bird is the robin.