Montana and the Nation
Since Thomas Jefferson’s Corps of Discovery entered Big Sky Country in 1805, Montana’s history has gone hand-in-hand with that of the United States as a whole. From baseball to celebrating our country’s founding, Montanans hold many traditions in common with other Americans. We also shape the nation we share, contributing iconic members to countrywide social movements and our creativity to World’s Fairs. And, when the nation is at war, Montanans exhibit their patriotism on the home front and overseas. We also cooperate with those outside our state’s borders to address issues of mutual interest on a national and international level. The greater United States has shaped—and continues to shape—Montana’s history while Montanans have also changed the nation.