South Dakota Digital Archives Features Verendrye Plate/Exhibition History

Verendrye Plate Document


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Saturday’s date, February 16, marked 100 years since the discovery of the Verendrye Plate near Fort Pierre.  Two French-Canadian brothers, Francois and Louis Joseph Verendrye planted the marker on a hill above what is now Fort Pierre, claiming the land for France on March 30, 1743.  They were in the process that year of trying to discover a route to “the Western Sea”.  The lead marker was discovered by some youngsters playing in the area in 1913.  Eight documents linked to the history of the Verendrye Expedition and the discovery of the plate can now be viewed on the South Dakota Digital Archives.  The plate itself is on display at the Cultural Heritage Center museum in Pierre.  The South Dakota Digital Archives was launched more than a year ago by the State Archives to provide researchers with digital access to unique historical records.  There are currently more than 33,000 images available for viewing.  To view the online documents linked to the Verendrye Expedition and the discovery of the plate, visit:

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