About Map : The map of Kentucky locates the state as bordered by West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. It shows inter-state and state highways, railway lines and state boundaries besides showing the state capital Frankfort, major towns and other towns.
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The land was primariliy inhabited by Native American tribes from 1000 BC to 1650 AD. European contact to the land occured in the mid-eighteenth century, by which time the Native American population was greatly diminished.
Though originally part of the state of Virginia, Kentucky came to acheive full and separate statehood in 1792. The area known as Central Kentucky in the nineteenth century was a major slaveholding region. During the American Civil War, Kentucky was considered one of the "border states."
The state of Kentucky is part of the east south-central region of the U.S. Eastern Kentucky lies in the Applachian mountain ranges. The north of the state is bound by the Ohio river while the southern part of the state is similarly enclosed by the Mississippi river.
Kentucky is best divided into five separate regions geographically. These are the Cumberland plateau, the Bluegrass region, the PennyRoyal plateau, the Western Coal fields and finally the Jackson purchase. Kentucky has a humid subtropical climate.
Considered a part of the American South in terms of culture, Kentucky is famous in particular as a tourist destination for its beautiful lakes. Horse racing is another attraction in Kentucky. The Kentucky Fried Chicken as well as the musical traditions of bluegrass also add to the cultural dimension of the place.
Tourist hotspots include Mammoth Cave National Park, Newport Aquarium, Keeneland, Louisville Zoo, Nationl Corvette Museum, Cumberland Gap, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park and much more.
There are eight major public universities in Kentucky. Out of these, the University of Kenucky and the University of Louiseville are major schools aimed at research. The other six are regional universities. Other famous universities in the state are Transylvania University and Berea College.
Facts about Kentucky
Joined the UnionJun 1, 1792
Area40,409 sq miles
Highest PointBlack Mountain
Lowest PointMississippi River at Kentucky Bend
Time ZoneEastern: UTC-5/-4 /