Missouri is a state in the Midwest of the United States. Its neighbors include Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. Missouri is the twenty-first largest state, covering 69,709 square miles. It is the 18th most populous state, with approximately 6,044,171 residents, and the 30th most densely populated state in the United States. The region of Missouri was inhabited by Native Americans prior to European settlement. The area’s first true settlers were French Canadians who fled Canada for political reasons. The Louisiana Purchase resulted in the United States acquiring Missouri from France in 1803. Missouri became the 24th state of the United States when it joined the Union in 1821. Missourians were divided during the Civil War, and both the Confederacy and the Union were supported, but Missouri remained a state.
Interesting facts about Missouri:
Missouri is thought to be named after an Algonquin word that means “river of the big canoes” or “town of the big canoes.”
Jefferson City is Missouri’s capital, and Kansas City is its largest city.
Missourians are people who live in Missouri.
Missouri is known as the “Show Me” state.
Missouri’s state motto is “Salus populi suprema lex esto,” which translates as “The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law.”
The ‘Missouri Waltz’ is the state song of Missouri.
Missouri’s state flag background colors of blue, white, and red were acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase, and they represent the state’s French heritage. The inner circle’s motto is ‘United We Stand, Divided We Fall,’ and the yellow ribbon bears the state motto ‘Salus populi suprema lex esto.’
The bluebird is Missouri’s state bird, and the Missouri mule is its state animal.
The honey bee is the state insect, and the white hawthorn is the state flower.
The flowering dogwood tree is Missouri’s state tree, and the eastern black walnut tree is the state nut tree.
The channel catfish is Missouri’s state fish, and the paddlefish is the state aquatic animal.
Lake Wappapello, Clearwater Lake, Table Rock Lake, and Lake of the Ozarks are among Missouri’s major lakes.
The Osage River, Missouri River, and Mississippi River are among Missouri’s major rivers.
Missouri is divided into 114 counties, has 81 state parks and historic sites, and has one independent city, St. Louis.
Corn, grain, hay, sorghum, rice, and soybeans are among Missouri’s most important crops.
Mining, beer, cattle, hogs, turkeys, broilers, food processing, automobiles, and aircraft equipment are among Missouri’s major industries.
Mining in Missouri produces 90% of the non-recycled lead in the United States.
Hannibal, Missouri is the location of Mark Twain’s childhood home.
There are Jesse James museums in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Except for Rome, Italy, Kansas City, Missouri has the most fountains in the world.
In 1889, Aunt Jemima pancake flour was invented in St. Joseph, Missouri. It was the first commercially available ready-to-eat food.
Former US President Harry S. Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri in 1884.
Missouri was the first state to abolish slavery. It happened in 1865.
The fiddle is Missouri’s state musical instrument, and the square dance is the state dance.