According to INDEXDOTCOM, the area now known as Colorado has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years. The earliest known inhabitants of the area were the Ancestral Puebloans, who lived in the Four Corners region between 1200 and 1300 CE. The first Europeans to explore the area were Spanish conquistadors in the late 1500s. They were followed by fur traders and explorers from France and England in the 1700s. In 1803, France sold a large parcel of land that included Colorado to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Afterward, American explorers began to arrive in Colorado, and it was officially made a U.S. territory in 1861. In 1876, Colorado became a U.S. state after a long campaign for statehood that included several unsuccessful attempts at becoming an independent republic or joining other states to form larger territories or states. Colorado’s population began to grow rapidly after gold was discovered near Denver in 1858, leading to an influx of miners from around the world and sparking a mining boom that lasted until about 1900 when silver prices dropped significantly causing many mines to close down or switch over to other commodities such as coal or copper mining instead. Since then, Colorado has continued to be home to many different industries such as agriculture, tourism and technology while also serving as one of America’s most popular outdoor recreation destinations due its abundance of natural beauty including mountains, forests and rivers. Check Agooddir for more about Colorado.