Missouri, state in the middle of America nicknamed Show Me State. According to ablogtophone, Missouri has an area of 180,693 km² and approximately 6 million inhabitants. Jefferson City is the state capital.
Present-day Missouri was populated by various Native American tribes before the arrival of white settlers. The Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto was the first to penetrate the interior of the Americas. The French had the area under control for a long time after this.
The Frenchman Pierre Laclède founded the city of St. Louis in 1764. After 1763, the area west of the Mississippi River became part of Spain. Missouri at that time was part of the great Louisiana territory that was bought by Jefferson in 1803 from Napoleon who had conquered it from the Spaniards a few years earlier.
Much trade took place in Missouri. This mainly from the city of St. Louis which is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. According to bestitude, the state joined the Union on August 10, 1821. During the American Civil War (1861-1865), the state sided with the Union of Northern States.
Flag & Seal
The Missouri flag was adopted on March 23, 1913, and consists of three horizontal bands of red, white, and blue. In the center of the flag is the state seal. Around the seal are 24 stars because the state was the 24th to join the United States.
Two bears can be seen in the seal of the state. Below it, in a yellow ribbon, is the motto of the state: Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto. This means as much as ‘the welfare of the people shall be the supreme law’.
Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site
Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States of America from 1869 – 1877 and also a Union General during the American Civil War. Grant was born on April 27, 1822 as Hiran Ulysses Grant in the town of Point Pleasant in Clermont County, Ohio. His father was a tanner, Jesse Root Grant, and his mother, Hannah, née Simpson. In 1823, the family decided to move to the village of Georgetown in Brown County, Ohio. It was here that Grant spent most of his childhood and youth until the age of 17.
At the age of 17, he became a cadet at the military academy at West Point. However, Congressman Thomas L. Hamer mistakenly nominated him under the name of Ulysses Simpson Grant, which of course Grant did not agree with, but he was no longer able to defeat the state bureaucracy. Even after completing his studies, he continued to use the name, but Simpson replaced only the middle initial S. Grant graduated from West Point in 1843 and during his time at the academy gained a reputation as a fearless and skilled horseman. In 1848, Grant married Julia Boggs Dent, with whom he had four children – Frederick Dent Grant, Ulysses S. Grant Jr., Ellen (Nellie) Grant, and Jesse Root Grant.
Grant was considered the greatest general of his time, as well as one of the greatest strategists of all time. During the American Civil War, he managed to win many battles, eventually becoming the highest commanding general of all the Union armies. He is also credited with a decisive role in the Union’s victory in this war. Grant later became the 18th President of the United States, serving two terms from March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1877. However, historians consider his term one of the weakest in American history, yet his presence in the White House had a stabilizing influence in critical periods. He supported black suffrage and sought to establish equality for all races. These activities made him very unpopular among the white population, but later helped him gain the necessary respect.
Grant was used to drinking large amounts of alcohol and had already started smoking a large number of cigars during the war. It is estimated that he managed to smoke over 10 thousand cigars in 5 years. This habit most likely contributed to Grant developing throat cancer in his later years. He died on July 23, 1885. Today, visitors can enjoy the nearby town of St. Louis in Missouri, they can see the house in which the American president spent most of his life with his wife and family. The main green house, along with other 19th-century buildings, is managed by the National Park Service.