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Below is a list of nine significant time periods in Ohio's history. To browse the entries in ''Ohio History Central'' related to any of these periods, click on the time period of your choice.
== Ancient Ohio(Prior to 1650) ==
History began with written records. To understand the past, historians read documents left behind by earlier people. Of course, people existed before written records. According to scholars, these people are "prehistoric." "Prehistoric" or "prehistory" simply means before written records.
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== Exploration To Statehood (1650-1803) ==
European exploration of the area that is now Ohio began in the seventeenth century. The first explorers were French, but British ones soon followed their earlier counterparts.
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