Indiana State Geography

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Population (1994): 5,752,000 (14th in size)

State size: 36,185 square miles (38th in size)

State Capital: Indianapolis (named from the state name Indiana)

Major cities: Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary and Indianapolis

Admission to union: The 19th State

Date entered the union: December 11, 1816

Origin of state name: Named from the word "indian"

Nicknames: The Hoosier State

Bordering states: Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan.

State bird: Cardinal

State flower: Peony

State tree: Tulip Tree

Motto: The Crossroads of America


Geographic Landmarks

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  The Hoosier National Forest.


Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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  Major industries include a wide variety of manufacturing such as plastic, bottles and furniture. Agriculture also plays a significant role in the economy.


Historical Highlights

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  Initially settled by the French in 1732. Later the British and the American revolutionaries settled the area. Wars with the Native Americans ended in 1811, with the death of Tecumseh. This brought more settlers to the area.


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Indiana

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Indiana State Flag


Indiana State Government home page

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