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Indiana may be the pollen and humidity capital of the U.S.But when I consider all the places I have been and seen there is no place like the serenity and peacefulness (usually) of home here in southern Indiana
Indiana means "land of the Indian".The original inhabitants,the Plano,Archaic, and later the Miississipian and Woodlands Indians disappeared before the Europeans arrived and no one is sure what became of them.The only trace of their existance are the archaeological sites like Angel Mounds and the Mann site in southern Indiana.The Indians that the Europeans found had come from Wisconsin and Illinois in the late 17'th century; the Potawatomi moved from Michigan at about the same time.the Shawnee and Delaware came from Ohio and Pennsylvania in the middle of the 18'th century.
It was the Miami,Wea,Piankashaw,Potawatami,Shawnee,and Delaware Indians whose life was observed by the European explorers.They played a large role in the French-Indian War and American Revolution.These tribes and those that came later were eventually forced from their homes and relocated to different areas.
Indiana is called the "Hoosier state".Just what a "Hoosier" is seems to be an enigma.It is thought that it is derived from old English dialect meaning hill-dweller.There are several other theories,but this one is good enough for me!
In 1816 Indiana became the 19 'th state in the United States and the capitol was established in Corydon and later was moved to Indianapolis in 1825 to be more centrally located in the state.A state constitution was adopted and under the provisions slavery was prohibited in Indiana.At that time most Hoosiers opposed extension of slavery in new territories but opposed interference in areas where slavery already existed.In 1851 a clause was added to the state constitution forbidding blacks from settling in Indiana. Even though they could not settle in Indiana,Indiana was a station or hiding place for run-away slaves making their way to Canada and northern states.This was called the Underground Railroad because it was illegal to assist runaway slaves. Nine years later Indiana was going to war over the slavery issue.
When the American Civil War started Indiana entered the war on the side of the Union.The only major military action occured in 1863 when Confederate General Morgan attacked the towns of Corydon,Salem,Dupont,and Versailles,looting and destroying property.
Following the American Civil War,Indiana began to grow and the wilderness that the pioneers encountered began to disappear as farmlands were cleared and towns and cities emerged.The population shifted from the southern to the central and northern regions of Indiana.
- Pros:GREAT PLACE TO LIVE
- Cons:HOT,HUMID SUMMERS
- In a nutshell:IT'S HOME
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