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Arkansas Printables

 

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Arkansas Online Extras

 

Mockingbird: Wherethebirdsare.com

Arkansas State Bird: Mockingbird

 

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Arkansas State Bird: Mockingbird

 

Top Five Facts

 

1. ) Wal-Mart is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas.

2. ) Arkansas has twelve communities named Oak Grove, but only one is large enough to have a post office.

3. ) The Texas/Arkansas border runs directly through the U.S. Post Office building in Texarkana.

4. ) Franklin D. Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and Al Capone are among those that visited Hot Springs National Park, for the supposed therapeutic benefits of the water.

5. ) The Boggy Creek Monster is an Arkansas version of Big Foot. It has been sighted near Fouke, Arkansas, and is said to be 500 pounds, seven feet tall, hairy, and a killer of chicens and livestock.

 

Arkansas in History

 

 

Hernando de Soto

 

1541: Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto visits Arkansas in his explorations of the American southeast.

1673: French missionaries Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet explore the central United States along the Mississippi River south to the Arkansas River.

1682: Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, reaches Arkansas on his way to the mouth of the Mississippi. He visits a Quapaw village and claims the land in the name of King Louis XIV.

1763: Most of Louisiana Territory, including Arkansas becomes a Spanish possession as a result of the defeat of the French by the British in the French and Indian War. Nevertheless, French forces continue to man the Arkansas Post.

1800: French ruler Napoleon I re-acquires the Louisiana Territory from the Spanish in the Treaty of San Ildefonso.

1803: Napoleon I offers to sell New Orleans and the entire Louisiana Territory (which included Arkansas) to the U.S. Government for $15,000,000. The United States agrees and America doubles in size.

1819: The Arkansas Territory is created from the Missouri Territory.

1821: Little Rock becomes capital of the Arkansas Territory.

1832 – 1839: Tens of thousands of Indians are forcibly transported through Arkansas on their way to "reservations" in Oklahoma.

1861: Arkansas secedes from the United States and joins the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.

1862: Confederate forces are defeated by Union troops at the Battle of Pea Ridge. Confederates suffer more than 4,600 casualties.

1868: Arkansas is re-admitted to the Union.

1872: The University of Arkansas is established in Fayetteville.

1906: Diamonds are discovered near Murfreesboro, which becomes the site of the nation’s only diamond mine. Today, visitors can search for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park.

1921: Oil is discovered near El Dorado, leading to an oil drilling boom.

1950: Sam Walton opens his first "Walton" store in Bentonville, which would later become Wal-Mart

1957: President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends National Guard troops to Little Rock’s Central High School to protect newly integrated African-American students attending the school.


More about Arkansas in History
 

Explorations of Hernando de Soto

Explorations of Marquette and Joliet

Explorations of Robert Siuer de la Salle

Louisiana Purchase

Trail of Tears

Secession

American Civil War

Confederacy in the Civil War

 

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Arkansas People

 
Hillary Clinton
 
Hillary Clinton
 

Hillary Clinton

 

Arkansas in Detail

 
Ozarks
 
By Brandonrush (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
 

Little Rock

Hot Springs National Park

Crater of Diamonds

Mississippi River

Arkansas River

The Ozarks

 

Selected Arkansas Video – Hot Springs National Park