Arkansas was admitted in to the Union on June 15, 1836 as the 25th state of the United States. The diamond state has a rich history including being the home of the 42nd President - William Jefferson Clinton - and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was the 67th Secretary of State.
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Did you know that Spanish Explorer Hernando De Soto and his men were the first Europeans to set foot in what is now Arkansas? Before De Soto and his men arrived, many tribes used Arkansas as their hunting lands but the main tribe was the Quapaw who settled in Arkansas River delta upon moving south from Illinois. Early French explorers gave the territory its name, a corruption of Akansea, which is a phonetic spelling of the Illinois word for the Quapaw.
The early settlement of Arkansas was slow as it was seen as a rough wilderness inhabited by Native American tribes, hunters and trappers. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 Arkansas became known as the Arkansas Territory in 1819 and became a state in 1836. During the time between gaining statehood and the Civil War, Arkansas prospered under a plantation economy but after the Civil War became a poor rural state. It wasn't until the 1940s that prosperity began to return to Arkansas.
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Arkansas has seventy-five counties and due to its diverse natural topography has very specific regions: Central , Delta, Ozarks, the River Valley (Arkansas River) and Ouachitas and the Timberlands (southern Arkansas). Sometimes due to the state's specific regions the weather can vary wildly from one region to the next. For example, it may be snowing in Fayetteville in the Ozarks, raining in Central Arkansas, drought conditions in the Timberlands or Southern Arkansas and flooding in the Delta all in one 24 hour period. Arkansas total area is 53,187 sq. miles with over 1,000 sq. miles in fresh water lakes, rivers and streams. .
Questions concerning the results of the state’s 1872 gubernatorial election brought about the Brooks-Baxter War.The Brooks-Baxter War, which occurred during April and May 1874, was an armed conflict between the supporters of two rivals for the governorship—Joseph Brooks and Elisha Baxter. The violence spilled out of Little Rock (Pulaski County) into much of the state and was resolved only when the federal government intervened. The result of the war, recognition of Elisha Baxter as the governor, brought a practical end to Republican rule in the state and thus ended the era of post Civil War Reconstruction.
Learn more about Arkansas' unique history by visiting The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.
Learn more about the great state of Arkansas at the Arkansas government website.