Missouri is one of the States of the United States. The standard abbreviation for the State is MO. Its capital is Jefferson City.


[hide]*1 History


The area that is now Missouri is called, was originally populated by Native American tribes. After the area was long in the hands of the French. They colonized the and let there slaves , among other things, in the lead mines work. For some decades at the end of the 18th century Spain controlled the area. France sold it to the United States in 1803 (see Louisiana Purchase).

The Missouri territory was formed in 1812. When Missouri statehood wild forms, led around the fact that slavery was in the House of representatives and the Senate to controversies. The Missouri compromise was eventually closed and on 10 August 1821 , Missouri was formally as 24th, a State of the United States. During the American civil war remained some parts of Missouri to the Union, while others are at the Confederation added. Many battles took place in Missouri. In 1865 the first slave State Missouri abolished slavery.

The year was marked by the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, a world's fair to commemorate the former French colonies a century long heard at the Union. The Expo took place in St. Louis. In the same period, in the city the third Olympic Games of the modern era held.


The State of Missouri covers 180.693 km², of which 178.590 acres (2.0 km2) of land is. It belongs to the Central time zone.

Missouri is bordered to the North by the States of NebraskaIowa and Kansasto the West, in the East to Illinois and Kentucky and in the South to OklahomaArkansas andTennessee.

The most important rivers are the Mississippi, which defines the entire eastern border, and the Club Missouri.

Southern Missouri is Hillier than the North. The highest point is the Summit of Taum Sauk Mountain (540 m).

Demography and economy[Edit]Edit

Missouri In 2000 counted 5.595.211 inhabitants (31 per km²) of which about 69% of the population live in urban areas. The largest cities are St. Louis and Kansas City.

The gross product of the State amounted to $ 181 billion in 2001 .

Administrative divisions[Edit]Edit


See list of counties in Missouri for the main article on this topic.

Missouri is divided into 114 counties and one independent city.



See also: list of Governors of Missouri

At the head of the Executive power of the State is a Governor who is directly elected by the voters in the State. In 2008, Jay Nixon of the Democratic Party elected Governor of the State of Missouri.

The legislative branch consists of the House of representatives from Missouri (Missouri House of Representatives) with 163 members and the Senate of Missouri (Missouri Senate) with 34 members.

Coming from Missouri[Edit]Edit

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