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.
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.
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.
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||Plain Indians||Woodland Indians|
|Osage Indians||Plain Indians||Woodlands|
|Osage Indians||Mound Builders||Plain Indians||Woodlands 3|
|Osage in Missouri||Mound Builders||
|Osage||Plain Indians||Woodland Indians|
|Missouri Native Americans *Awesome Site!!|
Click to view our class's Powerpoints on Missouri's Indians:
Osage Indians II
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
French Explorers in Missouri
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.
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
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
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 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
Hall of Famous Missourians
List of 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
|Lieutenant Governor||Peter Kinder|
|Secretary of State||Robin Carnahan|
|State Auditor||Claire McCaskill|
|State Treasure||Sarah Steelman|
|Attorney General||Jay Nixon|
Missouri's Legislative Branch of Government
Missouri's Judicial Branch of Government
Missouri Government for Kids
More Missouri Links. These are Awesome Sites!!
|Fact Monster- Missouri|
|History of Missouri|