Iowa History

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It might be hard to believe, but there are many interesting facts to learn about Iowa. First of all, factors of Iowa’s settlement give Iowa it’s roots. Understanding Iowa’s views of politics allows people to see Iowa’s effect on the country. Iowa is known for it’s farming, but the history of how farming in Iowa started is unknown to most people. It is important to learn about Iowa’s settlement, political views, and history of farming so that people can understand what it means to be an Iowan. To learn what it means to be an Iowan you have to start with the settlement of Iowa. Iowa was part of the Michigan and Wisconsin Territory before gaining official status in 1838. Iowa’s southern border with Missouri was set via the “Honey War” in 1840. Also in 1840 Iowa had 21 counties and Iowa City was chosen as the capital. Then in 1844-1845 Congress approved Iowa statehood but Iowans rejected its own state constitution. Iowa finally became a state on December 28, 1846.…show more content…
The law Natives-white conflict occurred in 1856-1857. In early Iowa Protestantism dominated and Iowa was initially split between the Whigs and Democrats before becoming solidly Republican. Iowa was Neither pro-slavery or abolitionist before the Civil War. Iowa created its current constitution in 1857. The Civil War was almost a relief in Iowa in terms of solving slavery. This facts are what makes people proud to be Iowans.
Not only is Iowa’s soil rich, but so is it’s history. In 1838 Iowa land offices were set up and land was sold for $1.25 per acre. Claim clubs and improvement societies were set up by Iowans. Speculators provided financing so there were no banks in Iowa until 1858. Though the land may have been cheap it often took 6-8 years of work to get a farm productive. Because of this many bought cleared land for $10 per acre, instead of prairie for
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