Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Arkansas
Arkansas, our 25th state, was admitted to the Union June 15th, 1836. The 2000 census has Arkansas's population at 2,673,400, ranking 33rd in the US. With a total area of 53,179 square miles, the state ranks 29th in size. Arkansas's capital, Little Rock, is also its largest city.
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Arkansas fun facts:
Arkansas State Bird: Mockingbird
Arkansas State Flower: Apple blossom
Arkansas State Motto: The People Rule
Arkansas State Song: Arkansas
Arkansas State Tree: Pine
Nickname: The Land of Opportunity
The geographic center of Arkansas lies in Pulaski County, 12 miles NW of Little Rock. At 2,753 feet, Magazine Mountain, located in the Ozark National Forest, is the state's highest point. The name Arkansas derives from the Algonquin name for the Quapaw Indians, meaning "south wind." The state's principal waterway is the Arkansas River, which, along with all the state's rivers, drains into the Mississippi.
Brief History: At the time of initial European exploration, Arkansas was home to the Quapaw, Caddo, Osage, Cherokee and Choctaw peoples. De Soto was the first to explore the area in 1541, with Marquette and Joliet, then La Salle, following over a century later. The fir settlement was by the French in 1686; the area was ceded to Spain, then returned, and became part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. It was made a territory in 1819. Although Arkansas was part of the Confederacy, more than 10,000 Arkansans fought on the Union side.
Hot Springs National Park is one of Arkansas's most visited attractions. Other popular destinations include Eureka Springs, the Ozark Folk Center, Blanchard Caverns, Pea Ridge National Military Park, and Crater of Diamonds, the only US diamond mine. Lake Ouachita draws fans of water recreation of all kinds.