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History of Missouri
When the French explorers Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette arrived in 1673 after sailing the Mississippi River, the region was inhabited by such group of Native Americans as Missouri and Osage. It was soon followed by the arrival
Missouri was structured into a territory in the year 1812. When the question of granting statehood to the Missouri Territory arose, there ensued a hue and cry because that involved the issue of encompassing slavery into the territory. The issue was brought to rest by the Missouri Compromise of 1820 whereby Missouri was to be admitted to the Union as a slave state. Missouri became the 24th state on 10 August 1821 and was the second state of the Louisiana Purchase (after Louisiana) to be admitted to the Union.
The rate of settlement post 1820 increased. Missouri’s support remained with the Union throughout the period of the Civil War. It was the stage of many important battles and they contributed their support in many ways. Even during World War I and World War II, Missouri came forward with devout patriotism and provided majority of its armed forces. Moreover, voluntary involvement in the army was high. Between the period of the Civil War and the World War II, Missouri underwent a drastic transformation.
The economy diversified, the railroads improved communication, industrialization amplified greatly, agriculture became more profitable and there was a boost in areas of medicine, tourism, and education. Today, Missouri stands as a leading producer of automobiles and transportation equipment, wine, beverages, and beer, etc. In the field of food processing the state is the fastest growing industry. Rice, corn, sorghum, hay, soybeans, and grain are the main agricultural products produced largely by the state.
Missouri is located in the midwestern part of the United States and shares its boundaries with Iowa on the north, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky on the east, Arkansas on the south and by Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska on the west. It is the 21st largest state covering a total area of 69,709 square miles.
St. Francis River is the lowest point of the state standing at an altitude of 230 feet above the sea level. The highest point is Taum Sauk Mountain, which stands at 1, 772 feet above the sea level. The major rivers of the state constitute the Current River, Missouri River, Mississippi River, Osage River, and others. The major lakes are the Lake of the Ozarks, Clearwater Lake, Table Rock Lake, Lake Wappapello, etc.
The land of Missouri is composed of the Ozark Plateau, the Dissected Till Plains on the northern side, the Osage Plains on the western side, and the Mississippi Alluvial Plain on the southern part. The monthly average temperature of Missouri ranges from 90.5 degree Fahrenheit (high) to 19.4 degree Fahrenheit (low).
Missouri experienced the highest recorded temperature, 118 degrees Fahrenheit at Clinton on 15 July 1936, at Lamar on 18 July 1936, and at Warsaw and Union on 14 July 1954. -40 degree Fahrenheit was the lowest recorded temperature at Warsaw on 13 February 1905.
Missouri takes pride in possessing innumerable historic sites, museums, waterways, spectacular caves, picturesque forests, and cultural attractions. The state will keep one busy with numerous outdoor activities and fun-filled adventures. Some of the top places to visit in Missouri are:
- St Louis Gateway Arch
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
- Silver Dollar City
- Forest Park
- Meremec and Fantastic Caverns
- Kansas City
- Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
- Vaile Mansion
- Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
- Table Rock Lake
- Worlds of Fun
Last Updated On : Sept 11, 2014
Joined the UnionAugust 10, 1821
Largest CityKansas City
Area69,704 sq miles
Highest PointTaum Sauk Mountain
Lowest PointSaint Francis River at southern Arkansas border
Time ZoneCentral: UTC−06:00