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() is a U.S. state
in the Midwestern
and Great Lakes
regions of North America
. It is the 38th-largest by area
and the 17th-most populous
of the 50 United States
. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis
. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th state on December 11, 1816. It borders Lake Michigan
to the northwest, Michigan
to the north, Ohio
to the east, the Ohio River
to the south and southeast, and the Wabash River
to the west.
Before becoming a territory, various indigenous peoples inhabited Indiana for thousands of years. Since its founding as a territory, settlement patterns in Indiana have reflected regional cultural segmentation present in the Eastern United States; the state's northernmost tier was settled primarily by people from New England and New York, Central Indiana by migrants from the Mid-Atlantic states and adjacent Ohio, and Southern Indiana by settlers from the Southern states, particularly Kentucky and Tennessee.
Indiana has a diverse economy with a gross state product of $359.12 billion in 2017. It has several metropolitan areas with populations greater than 100,000 and a number of smaller industrial cities and towns. Indiana is home to professional sports teams, including the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and the NBA's Indiana Pacers, and hosts several notable competitive events, including the Indianapolis 500. Read more...
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The history of human activity in Indiana, a U.S. state in the Midwest, began with migratory tribes of Native Americans who inhabited Indiana as early as 8000 BC. Tribes succeeded one another in dominance for several thousand years and reached their peak of development during the period of Mississippian culture. The region entered recorded history in the 1670s when the first Europeans came to Indiana and claimed the territory for the Kingdom of France. After France ruled for a century (with little settlement in this area), it was defeated by Great Britain in the French and Indian War (Seven Years' War) and ceded its territory east of the Mississippi River. Britain held the land for more than twenty years, until after its defeat in the American Revolutionary War, then ceded the entire trans-Allegheny region, including what is now Indiana, to the newly formed United States.
The U.S. government divided the trans-Allegheny region into several new territories. The largest of these was the Northwest Territory
, which the U.S. Congress
subsequently subdivided into several smaller territories. In 1800, Indiana Territory
became the first of these new territories established. As Indiana Territory grew in population and development, it was divided in 1805 and again in 1809 until, reduced to its current size and boundaries, it retained the name Indiana and was admitted to the Union
in 1816 as the nineteenth state. Read more...
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The Genesis Towers (originally the Hotel Gary) and Gary State Bank Building in downtown Gary
Gary is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States, 25 miles (40 km) from downtown Chicago, Illinois. Gary is adjacent to the Indiana Dunes National Park and borders southern Lake Michigan. Gary was named after lawyer Elbert Henry Gary, who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation. The city is known for its large steel mills and as the birthplace of the Jackson 5 music group.
The population of Gary was 80,294 at the 2010 census
, making it the ninth-largest city in the state of Indiana. Once a prosperous steel town, it has suffered drastic population loss due to overseas competition and restructuring of the industry, falling by 55 percent from its peak of 178,320 in 1960. As with many Rust Belt
cities, it suffers from unemployment, decaying infrastructure, and low literacy and educational attainment levels. It is estimated that nearly one-third of all houses in the city are unoccupied or abandoned. Read more...
List of geographic articles
- Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Evansville, Indiana
- Lafayette, Indiana
- Muncie, Indiana
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Hammond, Indiana
- South Bend, Indiana
- Terre Haute, Indiana
- Carmel, Indiana
- Elkhart, Indiana
- New Albany, Indiana
- Harrison County, Indiana
- Clark State Forest
- George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
- Blackford County, Indiana
- Indiana State Road 930
- Interstate 469
- U.S. Route 30 in Indiana
- Warren County, Indiana
- Corydon, Indiana
- Hartford City Courthouse Square Historic District
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William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was an American military officer and politician who served as the ninth president of the United States in 1841. He died of either typhoid, pneumonia, or paratyphoid fever 31 days into his term, becoming the first president to die in office and the shortest-serving president in U.S. history. His death sparked a brief constitutional crisis regarding succession to the presidency, because the Constitution was unclear as to whether Vice President John Tyler should assume the office of president or merely execute the duties of the vacant office. Tyler claimed a constitutional mandate to become the new president and took the presidential oath of office, setting an important precedent for an orderly transfer of the presidency and its full powers when the previous president fails to complete the elected term.
Harrison was born in Charles City County, Virginia
, a son of Founding Father Benjamin Harrison V
and the paternal grandfather of Benjamin Harrison
, the 23rd president of the United States. He was the last president born as a British subject in the Thirteen Colonies
before the Declaration of Independence
in 1776. During his early military career, he participated in the 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers
, an American military victory that effectively ended the Northwest Indian War
. Later, he led a military force against Tecumseh's Confederacy
at the Battle of Tippecanoe
in 1811, where he earned the nickname "Old Tippecanoe". He was promoted to major general in the Army in the War of 1812
, and in 1813 led American infantry and cavalry at the Battle of the Thames
in Upper Canada
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Coordinates: 40°N 86°W / 40°N 86°W