The day the first national park was established – level 3

01-03-1872

Yellowstone National Park is a beautiful place. In 1805, the first Europeans came to this area. They were fascinated by the landscape.

However, it was a disaster for the local Indians who had lived in that area for many centuries. More and more Europeans came and within a hundred years all the Indians disappeared from Yellowstone. They either fell in battle or were forced to move away.

In 1870, the writer Cornelius Hedges visited the area. After his return, he suggested that the area should be protected.

Then the President of the USA also came to see the beauty of Yellowstone. After his visit, on March 1, 1872, he declared Yellowstone a national park. It was the first national park in the world.

Today, people can see many species of animals in the park. The grizzly bear, black bear, coyote, and bison live there. The park is visited by 3 million tourists every year.

There is also one big danger in the park. There is a huge active volcano below the ground. If it exploded, it would negatively affect the lives of many people.

Difficult words: landscape (a land with special appearance), within (during), either (one of two things), force (to make somebody do something by force), declare (to say officially), species (animals of one type).

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