Describe how and why the United States claimed and settled the upper Mississippi River region in the early nineteenth century; explain the impact of steamboat transportation and settlment on the physical, social and cultural landscapes.
Describe the process of how Minnesota became a territory and state; identify the key events, individuals and groups involved in the process.
Identify the major Minnesota political figures, ideas and industries that have shaped or continue to shape Minnesota and the United States today.
Create and use various kinds of maps, including overlaying thematic maps, of places in Minnesota; incorporate the "TODALSS" map basics, as well as points, lines, and colored areas to display spatial information.
Locate, identify and describe major physical features in Minnesota; explain how physical features and the location of resources affect settlement patterns and the growth of cities in different parts of Minnesota.
Describe how land was used during different time periods in Minnesota history; explain how and why land use has changed over time.