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U.S. Facts and Figures

Facts about the U.S. The U.S. was founded in 1776. The U.S. has a total area of 3,794,083 square miles. The population, as of 2018, was 327.16 million The capital is...

U.S. Facts and Figures

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U.S. Territories

In addition to 48 lower continental states, Alaska, and Hawaii, the U.S. holds 14 territories in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean. Most of these territories were acquired after wars or through agreements with other countries. Although...

U.S. Territories

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Wyoming

Wyoming was home to native people, who lived by hunting elk, deer, and bison, long before Europeans arrived. Fur trappers came in the early 1800s. Settlers trekked across the west on the Oregon Trail; some of them bound for Utah,...

Wyoming

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Washington

For thousands of years, native people lived in the area that is now Washington. These people were adept fishers and boatmen. Spanish and English explorers visited Washington in the mid-1700s. The U.S. gained the Washington territory from

Washington

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Utah

Originally settled by native people, especially the Ute Indians for which the state was named, Utah became a sanctuary for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) seeking religious freedom in 1847. Today, more than half the population belongs to the faith and still...

Utah

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Oregon

Oregon is a state marked by geological contrasts. To the west, lie the Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches, mountains, and miles of dense

Oregon

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Nevada

Nevada sits squarely in the western United States, bordered by California, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, and Idaho. Native people lived in the area...

Nevada

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Montana

Rugged Montana was once populated by several American Indian nations and was the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. During this battle, Lakota (Sioux) and Cheyenne groups defeated George Armstrong Custer and his men.

Montana

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Idaho

Native Americans were the first to live in Idaho more than 10,000 years ago. The area that is now Idaho was purchased with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803; Lewis and Clark explored it in 1805. Beginning in 1843, wagon trains...

Idaho

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Hawaii

Hawaii was first established by Polynesians, who arrived by canoe 1,500 years ago. In 1778, Captain James Cook arrived, claiming the land for Great Britain. Hawaii became a

Hawaii

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Colorado

Today, Colorado is known for its easygoing culture, sunny weather, and outdoor recreation. In the winter, tourists and natives enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. In the summer, people come to rock climb, hike, fish, whitewater raft, and camp. But Colorado was originally home to...

Colorado

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California

California is one of the largest states geographically, and because it stretches so far from north to south, it has a diverse range of climates and ecosystems. To the north, lie mountains and forests, including forests of...

California

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Alaska

The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for just two cents an acre, a purchase that proved to be a good investment when oil and

Alaska

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Texas

The saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” refers to the state’s massive land mass. It’s the largest state after Alaska and almost seems like a separate country. But it also refers to Texas culture. Here, you’ll find big trucks,...

Texas

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Oklahoma

In 1834, the U.S. government declared the area that is now Oklahoma as Indian Territory. Thousands of Native Americans walked from Florida, Georgia, and other eastern states to Oklahoma....

Oklahoma

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New Mexico

New Mexico is one of the youngest states, with one of the oldest state capitals. The state wasn’t established until 1912, but Spanish explorers and missionaries founded Santa Fe in 1610. Today, the state is known for its unique culture that weaves together Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo...

New Mexico

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Arizona

Spanish explorers first came to the area that is now Arizona in the 1500s. Mexico later claimed the land, followed by the U.S. Arizona, with its...

Arizona

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to over 1.26 million dairy cows and produces more cheese than anywhere else in the country. Miles of green rolling hills make the perfect grazing land for these bovine.

Wisconsin

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South Dakota

South Dakota was mostly forgotten by American settlers until 1874 when gold was found in the Black Hills. Miners poured into the area, establishing a wild, lawless culture and driving Indians out. Today some gold...

South Dakota

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Ohio

Settlers arriving in Ohio after the Revolutionary War found themselves in frequent conflict with native peoples. The Indians were defeated at Fallen Timbers in 1794 and forced from their lands. Early settlers farmed the land. During the 1800s, the state became a leading producer of rubber,...

Ohio

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North Dakota

North Dakota lies at the very northern center of the United States, bordered by Canada, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Montana. It has some of the...

North Dakota

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Nebraska

Nebraska remains today much as it has been for the last 150 years—a center of farming and ranching. Most of the state, in fact, is farm and ranching land. Earlier in its history, American Indians hunted and grew crops here. During the mid-1850s, thousands of pioneers traveled through...

Nebraska

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Mount Kosciuszko

Mount Kosciuszko is the highest mountain in Australia. It measures 2,228 meters in height. Despite being the highest on the continent, it is not the highest in the Australian territory. This mountain lies in...

Mount Kosciuszko

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Missouri

Missouri played a critical role in America’s expansion. Pioneers, frontiersmen, and gold miners all set out from St. Louis, traveling up the Missouri River to other destinations. Lewis and Clark, the famous explorers...

Missouri

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Minnesota

When French fur traders arrived in Minnesota in the 17th century, they discovered a densely timbered land dotted with lakes. This beautiful region was home to many Native Americans who were eventually forced to leave in 1862.

Minnesota

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