MISSOURI can trace its beginnings to the settlement of Ste. Genevieve in 1735 by the French. The second settlement was that of St. Louis which was established in 1764 as a trading post. Missouri became a colony of Spain in 1764, and again a French colony in 1800. In 1803
this territory was sold to the United States as a part of the Louisiana Purchase. The mid 1800's saw increased immigration to what was then called the Territory of Missouri. Under the terms of the Missouri Compromise, Missouri was admitted as a state on August 10, 1821.
According to the 1990 Census the population of Missouri is 5,117,073 making Missouri the 15th largest state in the nation. Missouri, known popularly as the "Show Me"
state was the beginning point for the Louis and Clark expedition. The state was the birthplace or home of many famous and a few infamous Americans including the notorious Jesse James. Missouri can also boast as being the home of explorer, frontiersman Daniel Boone, writer Mark Twain, ragtime composer Scott Joplin and President Harry Truman. You can learn more about the state of Missouri by following the links below. You can visit
some of the best small towns in the "Show Me" state here in the Guide to the Best Small Towns!
SmallTown Missouri Links
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