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A general overview of the political and economic history of Missouri up to that point. 

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Political History:

  1. Early Exploration and Settlement:
    • The region that is now Missouri was initially explored by French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet in the 17th century.
    • The area became part of the Louisiana Territory, and St. Louis was founded by the French in 1764.
  2. Statehood and the Missouri Compromise (1821):
    • Missouri was admitted to the Union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821.
    • The Missouri Compromise of 1820 addressed the issue of slavery in the western territories, admitting Missouri as a slave state while Maine entered as a free state, maintaining a balance between free and slave states.
  3. Civil War and the Battle of Wilson’s Creek (1861):
    • Missouri was a border state during the Civil War, with residents divided in their loyalties between the Union and the Confederacy.
    • The Battle of Wilson’s Creek in 1861 was one of the first major battles west of the Mississippi River.
  4. Post-Civil War Reconstruction and Industrialization:
    • After the Civil War, Missouri experienced economic growth and industrialization, particularly in St. Louis.
    • The state played a key role in westward expansion and the development of the railroad.
  5. 20th Century and Modern Era:
    • Missouri continued to play a significant role in U.S. politics throughout the 20th century.
    • Notable political figures from Missouri include Harry S. Truman, who became the 33rd President of the United States.
    • The state has generally been a swing state in presidential elections, with voters often choosing candidates from both major political parties.

Economic History:

  1. Agriculture and Fur Trading:
    • In the 19th century, Missouri’s economy was primarily based on agriculture, with crops like tobacco, hemp, and later, soybeans becoming important.
  2. Industrialization and Transportation:
    • The state’s economy grew with the expansion of railroads and the development of St. Louis as a major transportation hub.
    • Industrialization, especially in the manufacturing sector, played a crucial role in the state’s economic development.
  3. Post-World War II Economic Growth:
    • After World War II, Missouri experienced economic growth, driven by factors like manufacturing, agriculture, and the growth of the service sector.
  4. Contemporary Economy:
    • As of my last update in 2022, Missouri’s economy is diverse, with contributions from manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, and technology sectors.
    • Major industries include aerospace, automobile manufacturing, and biotechnology.
Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.

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