state history

  • Michigan Genealogy

    Oct 19

    The state is border by four Great Lakes, making it an important center of transportation for people and commerce. Indian tribes were attracted to the region. The Ottawa, the largest being the Chippewa tribe and the Potawatomi people were three of several Native Indians to the Michigan region. France had the first Europeans in the area with Eti...

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  • Massachusetts Genealogy

    Oct 19

    Plymouth, Massachusetts was the sight of the second English settlement in North America. English colonists founded many of the early towns during the 1620s and 1630s. It was in the 18th century that the port city of Boston became known as the "Cradle of Liberty" for the agitation there that led to the American Revolutionary War of the 1770s. T...

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  • Maryland Genealogy

    Oct 19

    A mid-Atlantic state, Maryland’s history is very long with many types of cultural groups contributing to the state over the centuries. Starting with the Native American Indians, the region offered forests with game and water for fish and oysters. Their native villages and settlements started appearing and their social structures increased in co...

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  • Maine Genealogy

    Oct 19

    Most of Maine’s border is shared with the nation of Canada and only borders one U. S. state, that of New Hampshire. The region’s early native Indians included the Abenaki, Passamaquoddy and Penobscots. They eventually have been moved to separate Indian lands, but remained within the area. The Europeans arrived in 1604 with the French explo...

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  • Louisiana Genealogy

    Oct 19

    The state of Louisiana is considered a very multicultural, multilingual region. Even today it is greatly influenced by the food, speech, religions and traditions of the 18th century French, Spanish, Native Indian and African cultures. The Spanish started in 1528 with Pánfilo de Narváez exploring the mouth of the Mississippi River. Not much...

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  • Kentucky Genealogy

    Oct 19

    The pasture lands of Kentucky are known for their ‘bluegrass.’ When Europeans starting entering the Kentucky region the Native Indians were the Shawnee in the northern end and the Cherokee in the southern portion, along with the Iroquois who hunted the forest-lands. The early American scouting parties came into Kentucky around 1750 and ve...

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  • Kansas Genealogy

    Oct 19

    A landlocked state bordered by four other states is in the heart of the United States. Two-thirds of the land is flat-lands part of the American Great Plains. In the eastern third of Kansas are the rolling hills and forest regions. It was Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, the Spanish explorer in 1541, in his quest for the ‘Seven Cities of Gol...

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  • Iowa Genealogy

    Oct 19

    The numerous Indian tribes living in Iowa at the time of early European exploration included Dakota, Ioway, Otoe, Illini, Sauk and Omaha. The French claimed the lands of Iowa which borders the Mississippi, Missouri and the Big Sioux Rivers. By 1763, France transferred that claim to Spain. The Spanish allowed French and British traders come throu...

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  • Indiana Genealogy

    Oct 19

    With Lake Michigan and the Ohio River as major waterways, Native Indian groups have been numerous to the region for centuries. From the earliest Paleo-Indians, Adena, and Hopewell people, the area eventually has the Mississippians Native Indians. Just before the Europeans arrived, five American Indian Iroquois tribes defeated many of the lesser t...

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  • Illinois Genealogy

    Oct 19

    This large land and populated state borders Lake Michigan and has served as major transportation and commerce centers for many years. The Native Indians of this area were Illini, a political alliance among several tribes, referred to as the Illinois Conference. There were about 25,000 Illinois Indians in 1700. However, the warfare with the Iroquo...

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