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On February 16, 1913, a plate was discovered that had been left behind by the French-Canadian brothers Francois and Louis De La Verendrye; they left the plate there to claim the region for France. Three friends, Hattie Foster, George O'Reilly, and Ethel Parrish were merely playing when they uprooted the significant plate. Once uprooted, it was tossed aside until the youngsters quit playing. They initially thought they would scrap it for the money. Luckily, word traveled quickly, and the importance of the find became evident.
SourcesDowlin, Genie Philbrick. "French Canadian Brothers are Believed To Have Visited Montana in 1742." Billings Gazette, September 26, 1954: 31.
Hunhoff, Bernie. "Verendrye Plate." South Dakota Magazine. March/April 1989. http://southdakotamagazine.com/verendrye-plate.
"Verendrye Plate." City of Fort Pierre. Accessed November 30, 2013.
Photo: South Dakota Historical Society
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