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Missouri – the Show-me State

   
Interactive Map | Printables | Online Activities | Top 5 Facts | History | People | In Detail | Video
   
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Missouri Printables

 

Missouri Printable Blank Map

Missouri Printable Blank Flag

Missouri Printable Fact Sheet

Missouri Printable Scavenger Hunt

Mississippi River States

Missouri River States

Midwest States Label Me Map

The Thing About Springfield

 

Missouri Online Extras

 

Missouri State Bird: Eastern Bluebird

 

Missouri Jigsaw

Midwestern Interactive

Mississippi State Bird: Eastern Bluebird

 

Top Five Facts

 

1. ) The Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi Rivers all flow through the state of Missouri.

2. ) Missouri is bordered by eight other states.

3. ) Independence, Missouri was the starting point for the California, Santa Fe, and Oregon Trails.

4. ) The Lewis and Clark adventure began in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1804.

5. ) The Pony Express made its first successful run from St. Joseph, Missouri in 1860.

 

Missouri in History

 

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 Missouri 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.

1724: Frenchman Etienne de Bourgmont builds the first fort on the Missouri River

1763: Most of Louisiana (which included Missouri) becomes a Spanish possession as a result of the defeat of the French by the British in the French and Indian War.

1764: St. Louis was founded in 1764 by the Frenchman Pierre Laclède Liguest.

1800: French ruler Napoleon I re-acquires 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 an area much larger than present-day Louisiana) to the U.S. Government for $15,000,000. The United States agrees and doubles in size.

1804: American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark begin their three year exploration of the Louisiana Territory and beyond at St. Louis.

1811: The New Madrid earthquakes rock the town of New Madrid and caused permanent changes in the course of the Mississippi River. The series of earthquakes were the most powerful in recorded American history.

1812: The Missouri Territory is carved from the Louisiana Territory.

1821: As a result of the Missouri Compromise, Missouri becomes the 24th state and enters the Union as a slave state.

1846 – 1857: The Supreme Court rules that free slaves could be re-enslaved in the infamous Dred Scott Decision.

1848: Independence, Missouri becomes a popular starting out point for settlers heading west on the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails, as well as for those heading to the California Gold Rush.

1861-1865: Missouri is the site of several decisive battles during the Civil War, though the slave state never secedes from the Union, classifying it as a "border state." Roving bands of Missouri guerillas known as Quantrill’s Raiders massacre hundreds of Union supporters and spread terror through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

1965: Construction begins on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.


 

Louisiana Purchase

Missouri became part of the United States in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Click above to learn why it is sometimes called the "greatest real estate deal in history."

   
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Lewis and Clark in Depth

This is one of the web’s most comprehensive exhibits on the Lewis and Clark expedition for kids. It contains numerous printable and interactive activities as well as a guided tour along the trail.

   

Oregon Trail | California Trail | Santa Fe Trail

Settlers on the Oregon, Santa Fe, and California trails started their migrations to the west coast from Missouri. Learn all about the trails and the important stopping points by clicking above.

   
 

Explorations of Robert Sieur de la Salle

Explorations of Marquette and Joliet

Missouri Compromise

John Brown and Bleeding Kansas

American Civil War

Border States in the Civil War

 

How does the history of Missouri compare to the histories of other states? Click below to try State History Rater

 
State History Racer
 

Missouri People

 
Harry S. Truman Stamp
 

Mark Twain

George Washington Carver

Harry S. Truman

 

Missouri in Detail

 

Ozarks

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

 

Ozark Mountains

 

Mississippi River

Missouri River

Ohio River

St. Louis

Kansas City

Gateway Arch

Ozarks

 

Selected Missouri Video – Gateway Arch