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Missouri, the "Show-Me State"
Abbreviation:
MO

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Its name is an Algonquin Indian term meaning "river of the big canoes." Missouri was organized as a territory in 1812 and was admitted to the Union as the 24th state in 1821. Missouri is called the "Show-Me State," because its people have a reputation for believing only what they see. Its location and its two great rivers have made the state a transportation hub. The mighty Mississippi River forms Missouri's eastern border. The wide Missouri River winds across the state from west to east. A wealth of food, manufactured products and raw materials is shipped on these waterways, the nation's two longest rivers. Missouri has abundant wildlife, rugged hills, rushing streams and peaceful woodlands to delight hunters, hikers and photographers. The writer Samuel Clemens, known as Mark Twain, was a son of Missouri; museums in Hannibal, his home town, celebrate his works.

Sein Name entstammt der Sprache der Algonquin Indianer und bedeutet "Fluss der großen Kanus". Missouri wurde 1812 ein Territorium und wurde 1821 als 24. Staat in den Verbund aufgenommen. Missouri heisst auch "Zeige-Mir-Staat" (Show-me-state), da die Einwohner den Ruf haben, nur diejenigen Sachen zu glauben, die sie selber gesehen haben. Missouri ist durch seine geographische Lage und seine zwei großen Flüsse zum Zentrum des Wasser-, Land- und Luftverkehrs geworden. Der mächtige Mississippi bildet die östliche Grenze zum Bundesstaat Missouri. Der breite Missouri River windet sich von West nach Ost durch den Bundesstaat. Riesige Mengen an Lebensmitteln, Industrieprodukten und Rohmaterialien werden auf diesen Wasserwegen, den längsten Flüssen der Vereinigten Staaten, verschifft. Eine mannigfaltige Tierwelt, rauhe Berge, reißende Flüsse und friedliche Wälder des Bundesstaates Missouri erfreuen Jäger, Wanderer und Fotografen. Der Schriftsteller Samuel Clemens, bekannt als Mark Twain, war ein Sohn Missouris, und mehrere Museen in seiner Heimatstadt Hannibal widmen sich seinem Werk.

GOVERNMENT
Capital:
Jefferson City
Governor: Matt Blunt, R (to Jan. 2009)
Senators: Claire McCaskill, D (Jan. 2007 to 2013); Christopher Bond, R (to Jan. 2011)
House of Representatives: 9 districts | Search by zip code

STATISTICS
Population (July 2005):
5,800,000; National Rank: 18; Percent change since April 2000: 3.6%
Land Area: 68,898 sq mi. (178,446 sq km); National Rank:
21
10 largest cities (2005 est): Kansas City, 444,965; St. Louis, 344,362; Springfield, 150,298; Independence, 110,208; Columbia, 91,814; Lee's Summit, 80,338; St. Joseph, 72,661; O'Fallon, 69,694; St. Charles, 62,304; St. Peter's, 54,209

ECONOMY
Total Gross State Product 2005 prel. (billions of current dollars): 216.1
Per Capita Personal Income 2005:
$31,899; National Rank: 30
State Exports 2005 (millions of dollars):
10,462; National Rank: 25
Agriculture:
Cattle, soybeans, hogs, dairy products, corn, poultry and eggs.
Industry: Transportation equipment, food processing, chemical products, electric equipment, fabricated metal products.

Government
·
State of Missouri Official Homepage
· Project VoteSmart
· State and Local Government on the Internet

Statistics
· Missouri Profile - Fedstats
· U.S. Census Bureau: 2000 Data for the State of Missouri
· U.S. Census Bureau: State Data Centers: Missouri

Economy
· Missouri - Regional Accounts Data

Background
· 50States.com
· InfoPlease
· Wikipedia.de: Missouri
·
Wissen.de: Missouri

 

Travel
· State of Missouri Tourist Office
· Map (MapQuest)
· Explore St. Louis
Missouri State Parks

For High School Students
· Explore the States
· State Report: Missouri
· Stately Knowledge

Teacher Resources

·
ProTeacher: Lessons by State: Missouri

Link Lists
· GovEngine.com: Federal, State & Local Government Site
· Missouri (Google)
·
Missouri (Yahoo)

 
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