Laws passed at the Session of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory/State of Wyoming: title varies, 1869–, Cheyenne, var. state printers, 1869–
(Portions of present-day Wyoming were at one time claimed by Spain, France and England. The various pieces became part of the United States by means of
the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, a treaty with Spain in 1819, cession by the Republic of Texas in 1836, conquest from Mexico in 1848, and the treaty
with Great Britain in 1846 resolving ownership claims to the Oregon Territory. Up until 1868, as they became part of the United States, the various
sparsely settled components were lightly administered, if at all, by the governments of the U.S. Dakota, Utah and Idaho territories. In 1868 Wyoming, as
now constituted, was established as a U.S. territory. Statehood came in 1890. The first legislatures of the Territory and State met respectively in
October of 1869 and November of 1890.)(Documents which are part of the Early State Records collection were digitized from a microfilm copy of titles
originally held the Library of Congress and the Wyoming State Library).