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The first European power to lay claim to Oklahoma was France.

The first European power to lay claim to Oklahoma was France.

In 1682, the famed French explorer and fur trader René-Robert Cavalier traveled down the Mississippi River from modern-day Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico.In the process of this venture, he claimed the land around the river and all of its tributaries for France, naming it La Louisiane.

Although his expedition never actually made it anywhere near present-day Oklahoma, the region was nevertheless claimed by France. France would then control the region from 1682 until 1763.

Only the extremities of La Louisiane were explored and used by the French during their control of the region, and as such, Oklahoma was completely untouched.

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