Brief History of the United States

Briefly told, here is a history of the whole country, with interesting notes on the origin of names, when each of the states was admitted to the Union, the original thirteen, area of states in square miles, etc.

Alabama is named after its chief river. The name is of Creek origin, and means, "Here we rest." The state was once a part of the territory of Georgia except a strip along the coast, which was held by Spain as part of Florida. This territory was made a part of the territory of Mississippi in 1798; separated from Mississippi in 1817, and was admitted to the Union in 1819. The first settlement was by the French in 1702. Square miles, 52,250.

Arkansas takes its name from the Arkansas River. The word is undoubtedly derived from the Indian word Kansas, which means smoky water; the prefix are being from the French, a bow. First settlement by the French in 1685, admitted to Union in 1836. Square miles, 53,850.

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