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Indiana is the 19th U.S. state and is located in the Midwest region of the United States of America. With over six million residents, it is ranked 15th in population and 17th in population density. It is 38th in land area. Indiana is bounded on the north by Lake Michigan and the state of Michigan; on the east by Ohio; on the south by Kentucky, with which it shares the Ohio River as a border; and on the west by Illinois. Indiana is one of the Great Lakes states. As of 2006, Indiana has an estimated population of 6,313,520, which is an increase of 47,501, or 0.8%, from the prior year and an increase of 233,003, or 3.8%, since the year 2000. The total gross state product in 2005 was US$214 billion in 2000 chained dollars. Indiana's per capita income, as of 2005, was US$31,150. The Calumet region of northwest Indiana is the largest steel producing area in the U.S.

Indiana is a diverse state with a few large urban areas and a number of smaller industrial cities. It is best known for the Indianapolis 500 American automobile race, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend, and a strong basketball tradition, often called Hoosier Hysteria. Residents of Indiana are called Hoosiers. The state's name means "Land of the Indians" and Angel Mounds State Historic Site, one of the best preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States, can be found in southern Indiana.

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The Battle of Tippecanoe
The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought on November 7, 1811, between United States forces led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory and forces of Tecumseh's growing American Indian confederation led by his brother, Tenskwatawa. In response to rising tensions with the tribes and threats of war, an American force of militia and regulars set out to launch a preemptive strike on the headquarters of the confederacy. The battle took place outside Prophetstown, at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers.

Although the Americans were victorious both tactically (as they held their ground and Prophetstown was destroyed the next morning) and strategically (Tecumseh's confederacy never recovered), the win was costly as the tribes attacked with fewer men and sustained fewer casualties. The battle was the culmination of rising tensions in a period sometimes called Tecumseh's War, which continued until his death in 1813. The battle was an important political and symbolic victory for the American forces and a devastating blow to the confederacy which never regained the strength it had before the defeat. Public opinion in the United States blamed the uprising on British interference and Tippecanoe was one of the catalysts that resulted in the War of 1812 only six months later.

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David Letterman
David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an award-winning American television personality, late night talk show host, television producer, Indy Racing League car owner and philanthropist. His first major success was on the long-running NBC television program Late Night with David Letterman, before he transferred to CBS in 1993 to his current position on The Late Show. Letterman's ironic, often absurd comedy is heavily influenced by comedians Steve Allen, Andy Kaufman and Johnny Carson.

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Carmel's Arts and Design District.
Carmel is a city in Hamilton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 37,733 at the 2000 census but has been growing very rapidly. In 2005 the population was recorded to be over 65,000. It is considered to be a suburb (or edge city) of Indianapolis and is characterized by its many roundabouts. Until the late 1800s, the settlement where present day Carmel now sits was called Bethlehem. Today, the plot first established in Bethlehem, located at the intersection of Rangeline Road and Main Street, is marked by a clock tower, donated by the local Rotary Club in 2002.

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The State of Indiana
Flag of Indiana State seal of Indiana
Flag of Indiana Seal
Nickname(s): The Hoosier State
Motto(s): The Crossroads of America
Map of the United States with Indiana highlighted
Official language English
Capital Indianapolis
Largest city Indianapolis
Largest metro Indianapolis-Carmel MSA
Area Ranked 38th
 • Total 36,418 sq mi
(94,321 km2)
 • Width 140 miles (225 km)
 • Length 270 miles (435 km)
 • % water 1.5
 • Latitude 37° 46′ N to 41° 46′ N
 • Longitude 84° 47′ W to 88° 6′ W
Population Ranked 15th
 • Total 6,080,485
 • Density 169.5/sq mi  (65.46/km2)
Ranked 16th
Elevation
 • Highest point Hoosier Hill[1]
1,257 ft (383 m)
 • Mean 689 ft  (210 m)
 • Lowest point Ohio River[1]
320 ft (98 m)
Admission to Union December 11, 1816 (19th)
Governor Mike Pence (R) (2013)
Lieutenant Governor Susan Ellspermann (R) (2013)
Legislature Indiana General Assembly
 • Upper house Senate
 • Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D)
Dan Coats (R)
U.S. House delegation List
Time zones  
 • 80 counties Eastern UTC-5/-4
 • 12 counties in
Evansville and
Gary Metro Areas
Central: UTC-6/-5
ISO 3166 US-IN
Abbreviations IN
Website www.in.gov

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When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.

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Coordinates: 40°N 86°W / 40°N 86°W / 40; -86

  1. ^ a b "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 2006-11-06.