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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 and Cons
  • Pros:GREAT PLACE TO LIVE
  • Cons:HOT,HUMID SUMMERS
  • In a nutshell:IT'S HOME
  • Last visit to Indiana: Sep 2002
  • Intro Written Sep 11, 2002
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2008 at 9:21 AM

    Hi, John! Lots of sites, I see... Thanks for sharing! Best regards to your family!

  • alywang's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2007 at 9:14 PM

    your home town sounds funny:)

  • Oct 17, 2005 at 10:07 PM

    . We have been to Lincoln state Park and saw the play they presented.. We have been to Indy several times, I have been up in the Soldiers and Sailors monument in the early 50's. We live in Northwest Indiana .

  • sayedaburas's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2005 at 9:45 PM

    What a fantastic home town and home page. Congratulations. :) :))

  • RedEaredPanda's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2004 at 5:25 PM

    Catalina Island is a great getaway from L.A even for a weekend.. Thanx for stopping by.. And Indiana, we must include on our U.S Tour :) Take Care... Rafi

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2004 at 7:34 PM

    Marvelous job, John. My parents lived in Indianapolis (Speedway really) and my youngest brother still lives in Indianapolis. Your pride in your state (my husband's home, too) is refreshing. Thanks for the tour.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2004 at 4:00 PM

    a wonderful place you call your home ! Great infos and pics, John !

  • gosiaPL's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2003 at 5:40 AM

    Very nice page, John. I'd like to see the covered bridges in the rural south-west of Indiana!

  • eden_teuling's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2003 at 12:04 PM

    fascinating page, John! fine info and great pictures and...is there a latin name for that creeping flox?? would it grow here in The Netherlands, it sounds exciting! thanks, bes/elisabeth

  • may1273's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2003 at 6:18 PM

    Wow!!! Lot of information in your homepage. Photos are also lovely. Great.

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