Missouri History

Welcome to the Show-Me State


    Welcome to our study of Missouri's History.  We will begin our study of Missouri's History with the land itself.  We will study Missouri's regions, rivers, cities, and natural resources.  We will continue our study by learning about the early explorers that first discovered, as well as the Indians, that first lived on our land.  We will then continue into the early history of Missouri and how we became a state and finally end our study with a lesson on Missouri Government.  I hope you will use this website as a tool to learn more about our great state.



    Missouri Regions.  Missouri is divided into 5 regions.  Each region has its own common features and natural resources that set it apart from the other regions.  Click on the links below to learn more about the regions.

Glaciated Till Plains
Ozark Highlands
Mississippi Lowlands
Osage Plains
Alluvial River Plains




    Missouri Rivers.  Missouri is one of the few states with two Major Rivers.  The Missouri River, famous for Lewis and Clarks adventures, runs East to West dividing Missouri into North and South.  The Mighty Mississippi River runs along Missouri's Eastern border with Illinois.  It is the longest river in the United States and the third longest river in the world.  Click on the following links to learn more about Missouri's Rivers.

Missouri River      Mississippi River




    Missouri's Bordering States.  Missouri is surrounded by eight different states.  Starting north of Missouri and going clockwise, Missouri is bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska.  Click on the following link to find Missouri and the eight states that border it.

Bordering States 




    Missouri's Major Cities.  St. Louis is Missouri's largest city followed by Kansas City and Springfield.  Some historical cities, important in Missouri's development are St. Joseph, Independence, St. Genevieve, and Jefferson City.  Use the link below to find Missouri's Major Cities.

Missouri Cities


  Early Indian Tribes of Missouri.  Our class is researching five of the major Indian Tribes in the state of Missouri.  Click on the following links below to learn more about these tribes.  

Osage Mound Builders Plains Woodlands

Mound Builders

Plain Indians Woodland Indians
Osage Indians

Mound Builders

Plain Indians Woodlands
Osage Indians Mound Builders Plain Indians Woodlands 3
Osage in Missouri Mound Builders Plain Indians
Power Point
Woodland 4
Osage   Plain Indians Woodland Indians
Missouri Native Americans   *Awesome Site!!

Click to view our class's Powerpoints on Missouri's Indians:

Woodland Indians

Osage Indians

Osage Indians II

Plain Indians


  Early Explorers of Missouri  Who were the first people to discover and see the land that we call Missouri?  That is the question that we are trying to answer. 

Early Explorers Assignment

Missouri Explorers

French Explorers in Missouri

Explorer Websites

Early Explorers

History of Missouri

French & Spanish Explorers




  Louisiana Purchase  Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States, purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 for $15,000,000.  The Louisiana Purchase made the land, that would later become Missouri, part of the United States.


Louisiana Purchase  

Map of the Purchase

History of the Louisiana Purchase

Louisiana Purchase Quiz




  Lewis and Clark  After the Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson sent a group of explorers to explore the new land and to find a quick water route to the Pacific Ocean.  The group was lead by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and was called the "Corp of Discover".  Click on the links below to learn more about Lewis and Clark's journey.


Lewis and Clark

Discover Lewis and Clark

Corp of Discovery

Corp of Discovery Game

The Expedition





  Moving West  After Lewis and Clark returned from their journey west, pioneers and trappers began to move west in hopes of finding a better life.  Click on the following links to learn more about the Westward Movement and how Missouri was an important part of that history.



America Goes West

Fur Trappers

Trails West

Pony Express




  Missouri Becomes a State  In 1812, Missouri became a Territory.  William Clark was the first governor of the new Missouri Territory.  By 1818 Missouri had 60,000 residents living in the Missouri Territory which allowed them to apply for statehood; however, being a slave state Missouri was rejected for statehood.  In 1820, Henry Clay came up with the Missouri Compromise which allowed Missouri to become a slave state if Maine would join the Union as a free state.  A compromise was made and on August 10, 1821 Missouri became the 24th state to join the Union.  Click on the link below to learn more about Missouri's statehood.

Missouri Becomes A State

Missouri Become the 24th State

Missouri Compromise

Missouri Compromise eThemes



  Famous Missourians  There are many famous Americans from the state of Missouri.  Walt Disney, Harry S. Truman, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Kit Carson, and Jesse James are just a few.  Click on the links below to learn more about Famous Missourians.

Famous Missourian Reports

Missouri Scrapbook


Hall of Famous Missourians


List of Famous Missourians

Famous Missourians

Famous Missourians II

Famous Missourians Webquest

Famous Missourians III




  Missouri Symbols  Did you know that the Missouri Mule is Missouri's official state animal, or that the catfish is Missouri's state fish?  Click on the following links to learn more about Missouri's symbols.

A to Z Missouri

Missouri Kids Symbols

State Symbols of Missouri

Missouri Living Symbols

Missouri State Symbols

State Symbols and Emblems

Who Wants to be a Millionaire- Missouri Symbols



  Civil War and Missouri.  Missouri was called a border state during the Civil War.  Although Missouri stayed part of the Union during the Civil War, it was divided on the issue of slavery.  Several large battles were fought on Missouri's land.  Click on the following links to learn more about Missouri's role in the Civil War.

Civil War and Missouri

Map of Civil Ward Battles



  Missouri Government.  Missouri's government is located in Jefferson City.  Click on the links below to learn more about our states government.


Missouri's Executive Branch of Government

  Governor Matt Blunt  
  Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder  
  Secretary of State Robin Carnahan  
  State Auditor Claire McCaskill  
  State Treasure Sarah Steelman  
  Attorney General Jay Nixon  









Missouri Kids


Missouri's Legislative Branch of Government

  State Senate Senators  
  State House Representatives  







Missouri's Judicial Branch of Government

  Judicial Branch Judges  
  Supreme Court    


Missouri Government for Kids

Missouri Government




More Missouri Links.  These are Awesome Sites!!

Missouri History
Fact Monster- Missouri
Our Missouri
History of Missouri