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The Spanish were the first Europeans to explore Arkansas in 1541, followed by the French. The U.S. gained the area with the Louisiana Purchase and it became the 25th state in 1836. During the Civil War, Arkansas was part of the Confederacy.

Fun Facts

  • Cotton was a major crop during the last two centuries. In recent years, rice has replaced cotton as the largest crop grown in Arkansas.
  • Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retail chain, is headquartered in Arkansas, bringing thousands of jobs.
  • Former President Bill Clinton is from Arkansas.
  • The beautiful Ozark Mountains attract tourists every year, along with birdwatchers and biologists.
  • Visit Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park to see mysterious dirt mounds built by the Plum Bayou people around 650 A.D.
  • During the 1800s, the Indian Removal Act forced Indians to move west of the Mississippi River. Thousands of Native Americans died on this journey, known as The Trail of Tears.
  • In 1957, army troops escorted nine African American students into Little Rock High School, an important event in the civil rights movement.
  • Badgers, elk, rattlesnake, spotted skunks, and cricket frogs are among some of the animals that live in Arkansas.
  • Arkansas is the only state in which diamonds are actively mined.
  • Native Americans created cave drawings more than 500 years ago, which can still be seen in Rock House Cave in Petit Jean State Park.

Arkansas Quick Stats

Population: 2,915,918

State Capital: Little Rock (population, 193,524)

Largest City: Little Rock

Largest Metro: Central Arkansas

State Bird: mockingbird

State Flower: apple blossom

Admission to Union: June 15, 1836

Questions and Answers

Question: Can I see diamond mines?

Answer: Yes, Crater State Park has a diamond mine open to visitors.

Learn More

Watch a video about Arkansas.



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