Why Is Virginia Known As the Mother of Presidents and Which U.S. Presidents Were Born In Virginia?

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More U.S. presidents were born in Virginia than in any other state. The eight presidents were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson. The largest city in Virginia is not its capital, Richmond, but Virginia Beach. It had a population of 425,257 in 2000, … Read more

Why Have So Many Fossilized Animal Bones Been Discovered In Nebraska?

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About 10 million years ago a volcano erupted in the Rocky Mountains more than 1,000 miles (1,610 km) to the west. The eruption sent tons of volcanic ash into the Nebraska area and buried alive hundreds of ancient animals, in particular, rhinoceros, deer, three-toed horses, and camels. Their skeletons were preserved by volcanic materials. You … Read more

What Is an Aquifer and How Did the Ogallala Aquifer In Nebraska Get Its Name?

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Aquifers are like huge underground lakes, geologists define them as being a layer of water-bearing rock through which groundwater travels. The Ogallala Aquifer, also known as the High Plains Aquifer, supplies Nebraska and several other states with water for homes, farms, and industry. Almost all of Nebraska sits above this huge aquifer, which extends from … Read more

Why Is Minnesota Called the Land of 10,000 Lakes and How Were the Lakes In Wisconsin and Minnesota Formed?

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Minnesota’s license plate reads “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but it really has almost 12,000 lakes. And with more than 15,000 lakes, Wisconsin, especially the northern part, is a water lover’s paradise. Lake Winnebago is the largest, covering 215 square miles (559 sq km). Like so many other lakes in this part of the world, these … Read more

What Is the State Rock of Iowa and Where Do Geodes Come From?

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Iowa has an official state rock, the geode. A geode is a round, hollow stone that, when carefully broken in half, reveals an interior of sparkling mineral crystals, usually quartz, that have grown inside. Geodes are found in great numbers in Iowa, especially in the southeastern part of the state. Geodes also are common in … Read more

How Many Caves Are There In the State of Missouri and Where Are They Located?

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The state of Missouri has about 1,450 caves. Most lie below the Ozark Mountains in southern Missouri, where they were formed by underwater streams carving away the rock. Southern Missouri rises to the Ozark Mountains, a dissected plateau surrounding the Precambrian igneous St. Francois Mountains. The Bootheel region of Missouri was the epicenter of the … Read more

Which Is the Correct Pronunciation For Missouri, Missour-ah or Missour-ee?

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People in Missouri have been debating this question since the late 1800s, and people can’t seem to agree. Either way is correct, according to most dictionaries. Missouri is the 18th most populous state in the nation with about 5,987,580 people in 2009, and is the fifth most populous in the Midwest. Missouri borders eight different … Read more

How Much Land In North Dakota Is Used For Farming and Agriculture?

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Farms and ranches cover 90 percent of North Dakota’s land. One of every four people there works in an agriculture related job. North Dakota is the nation’s leading producer of sunflower seeds and flaxseed; it’s also a major wheat producer. Missouri is one of two states in the nation that is bordered by eight other … Read more

What Was the Worst Flood In the Mississippi Valley and What Caused the Great Flood of 1993?

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The most devastating flood in recent American history hit the upper and middle Mississippi Valley between late June and mid-August 1993. Flood records were broken along the Mississippi River and most of its tributaries from Minnesota to Missouri. The states worst hit were Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Missouri. A wet fall and winter had caused … Read more

Why Did Ohio Become Such An Important Manufacturing State and Why Was Ohio Called the Gateway State?

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Geographic advantages made Ohio an ideal place for making various products. First, it has important minerals used in manufacturing, especially coal. It also has ample supplies of water. Second, products could be easily transported to other parts of the country via Lake Erie and the Erie Canal as well as by other canals, railroads, and … Read more

Who Were the Mound Builders Who Once Lived In the Ohio River Valley?

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The prehistoric Indians archaeologists call the Mound Builders lived in the area that is now the Mississippi and Ohio River Valley areas of the United States from 800 B.C. to A.D. 500. These people built some 6,000 burial mounds, forts, and other earthen structures, some of which survive today. One of the most impressive is … Read more

Why Is There a Town Named Santa Claus In the State of Indiana?

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There really is a town named Santa Claus in the state of Indiana. And its post office receives half a million packages, letters, and cards for remailing with the town’s postmark during the winter holiday season. Indiana is the smallest state in land area of any state west of the Appalachian Mountains except Hawaii. Indiana … Read more

Why Is Detroit Called the Motor City and How Did It Get Its Nickname?

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Detroit area automotive plants make more cars and trucks than anywhere else in the world. The world’s first automobile factory was built in Detroit in 1900 by R. E. Olds, who had produced a steam driven car in Lansing in 1886. Henry Ford established the Ford Motor Company in Detroit in 1903, and General Motors … Read more

Why Don’t the Old Order Amish People In Pennsylvania Believe In Driving Cars Or Using Electricity?

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About 18,000 of the Old Order Amish (pronounced Ab-mish) people in the United States live in and around Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Amish religion is an offshoot of the Mennonite faith. People of both these denominations came to America in the early 1700s, with many settling in Pennsylvania, to escape religious persecution in Europe. The Amish … Read more

Why Is Delaware Called the First State and When Did Delaware Ratify the United States Constitution?

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Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, which it did on December 7, 1787. That’s why Delaware is represented first in presidential inaugurations and other national events. Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia share the Delmarva Peninsula. If you look at a map, you’ll notice that Delaware’s northern boundary with Pennsylvania is formed by … Read more

Who Were the First Europeans To Settle In Delaware and When Was the New Sweden Colony Established?

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People from Sweden and Finland settled near present-day Wilmington, Delaware in 1638, calling their colony New Sweden. These settlers built log cabins much like those they had in Scandinavia. Later that century, the Dutch and then the English took over the colony. Since local forests offered a plentiful supply of logs for building, the log … Read more

How Many U.S. Presidents Were Born In Ohio and Why Is Ohio Called the Buckeye State?

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Seven U.S. presidents were born in Ohio, more than any other state except Virginia. They were Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, and Warren G. Harding. Although he was born in Indiana, William Henry Harrison was living in Ohio when he became president. Ohio’s nickname, … Read more

Why Has Aquaculture Supplemented Traditional Fishing In Chesapeake Bay Maryland Over the Past Few Decades?

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Traditional fishing is being supplemented by the practice of aquaculture in Maryland. Aquaculture is the practice in which growers use ponds or special tanks to raise millions of pounds of trout, striped bass, catfish, and tilapia, and lesser amounts of oysters and soft crabs each year. Overfishing and pollution have resulted in smaller fish and … Read more

What Are the Names of Five Boroughs In New York City and Which Borough Is the Largest In Population?

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The five boroughs in New York City are also counties. The names of the five boroughs are: Bronx (Bronx County) Brooklyn (Kings County) Manhattan (New York County) Queens (Queens County) Staten Island (Richmond County) Queens is the largest borough in area, with 108 square miles (281 sq km), while Brooklyn (Kings County) is the largest … Read more

What Is the Indian Name For Lake Webster In Massachusetts and What Does It Mean?

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The Indian name for Lake Webster in Massachusetts is Lake Chaubunagungamaug. And that’s the short form. The long form is Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaug. Translated, it means “You fish your side of the lake. I fish my side. Nobody fishes the middle.” About half the cranberries grown in the United States come from southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and … Read more

Which U.S. State Was the First To Enter the Union After the Original 13 States?

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Vermont was the first state to enter the Union after the original 13 states. It was an independent republic until 1791, when it joined the Union. The original 13 states were New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The original 13 colonies … Read more

Why Is Massachusetts Called a Commonwealth and What Is the State Fish of Massachusetts?

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Massachusetts and three other states, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, are called commonwealths, but they are also states of the United States. There is no legal difference between the terms “commonwealth” and “state,” and they are used interchangeably. The only true U.S. commonwealth, meaning a self-governing, autonomous political unit voluntarily associated with the United States, is … Read more

Why Is Connecticut Known As the Insurance State?

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Connecticut is often called the Insurance State because it is the headquarters for more than 100 insurance companies. In the 1790s companies there began insuring ships and cargo that left its ports. These companies prospered, and by 1810 people could buy insurance that would cover them for “loss of life or personal injury while journeying … Read more

What Do You Call a Person From Connecticut and Why Is Connecticut Known As the Nutmeg State?

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A person from Connecticut is called a “Connecticuter,” says Webster’s New International Dictionary, although there is no official state term to describe a person who was born in or lives in Connecticut. In the 1700s two other words were seen in print: “Connecticotian” and “Connecticutensian.” At one time, “Nutmegger” was used to refer to a … Read more