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    Missouri History

    Humans have inhabited the area known today as Missouri for at least 12,000 years. There were a number indigenous tribes that flourished in the area over the years, but when western civilization first appeared in the area in the 18th century, the Osage and Missouria nations were the most prominent groups. In that time, France wanted to expand settlements in the area north of Louisiana. As they made their way north up the Mississippi River, they established numerous settlements along the river in what is today Missouri, including the still existent city of Saint Louis.

    The settlements that the French established in the area came into conflict with nearby British settlements east of the Mississippi. The conflict continued to escalate, eventually leading to the French and Indian War that started in 1754. The British won the war, which forced France to relinquish their control over Missouri to Spain in 1762. The population in Missouri grew after the Spanish took control. During the American War of Independence, Spain sided with America, and the town of Saint Louis was attacked by England. In 1800, France took back most of the territory they had ceded to the Spanish, including Missouri.

    Missouri would finally come under the control of the United States in 1803, and would become the 24th state in 1821. Population in Missouri surged following statehood, climbing from 66,000 in 1820 to 383,000 in 1840. Farming was the most common trade among Missouri settlers and occupied a large part of the state’s early economy. Missouri’s proximity to the north and south made it a hot bed for political and social strife in the mid 19th century. The political and social views of the Missourians in the northern and urban parts of the state differed greatly with Southern Missourians, particularly over slavery.  Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Missouri had two competing governments, one that was anti-slavery and remained loyal to the Union, the other seceding from the United States to join the Confederacy.

    After the Civil War, Missouri’s population boomed once again, as reconstruction and industrialization modernized the area and boosted the state’s overall economy. As with many midwestern states, the Dust Bowl and Great Depression hit the people of Missouri hard. The state would bounce back after World War II, and current economic output figures make it the 22nd largest state in terms of GDP in the United States.

    Missouri Today

    Historically, Missouri has operated as the gateway to the west, which has left the state with a unique blend of southern and midwestern culture. The nearly 6 million Missouri residents come from a diverse background of ethnicities, cultures, and religions. The two largest cities in Missouri are Kansas City and Saint Louis, each boasting a reputation for excellent midwestern charm, jazz, blues, and barbecue. The godfather of Rock n Roll, Chuck Berry, is from Missouri.

    Missouri maintains a strong agricultural economic presence today, as it is among the leading producers of cattle, hogs, soybeans, and rice in the United States. Other significant industries include aerospace, transportation equipment, food processing, chemicals, printing/publishing, electrical equipment, light manufacturing, financial services, and beer. Sports are a big part of the Missouri culture today, though the allegiances to teams depends on the proximity to Kansas City or Saint Louis. Baseball and football are the state’s two most popular sports.

    Missouri Climate and Geography

    Missouri is a landlocked state that borders eight states, which is more than any other state in the country. To the north it borders Iowa, in the east Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, in the south Arkansas, and in the west Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. The border of the state is framed by the Mississippi River.

    Missouri largely features a humid continental climate, which means hot and humid summers and cold and snowy winters. The southern portion of the state, known as the Boothell region, has a humid subtropical climate, leading to warmer and wetter weather. Missouri is located within Tornado Valley. A number of the largest tornadoes in the history of the United States have touched down in Missouri.

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