Missouri, State of the Midwest, USA; 180,546 km2, 6.0 million population (2011), of which 83% are white. Capital: Jefferson City. Joined the Union in 1821 as the 24th State. Nickname: The Show Me State.
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After a large European immigration in the 1800’s and a small wave of black immigrants from the Southern States (approximately 1940-60), especially to the big cities, Missouri has had only a small population growth. Nearly two-thirds of the population live in the million-strong cities of St. Louis (bordering Illinois) and Kansas City (bordering Kansas). The former agricultural state today has a large industrial sector and a broad-based economy. The largest industries include the automotive industry, the aerospace industry and a fast-growing computer industry. The industries are concentrated in Kansas City and in St. Louis. Louis, which houses the headquarters for McDonnell Douglas, Monsanto Chemicals, General Dynamics and the world’s largest brewery, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser). Agricultural production is still large with beef and pork, dairy products as well as wheat, soybeans, maize and other fodder plants. De approximately 100,000 farms with an average size of 116 ha cover half of the state area, while the forest area after clearings in the 1800-t. is more than halved to less than a third of the area. Most forests are predominantly for recreational use and are found in the Ozark region, which has large tourist visits and which supplies electricity (hydropower) and mining products (lead, zinc, limestone).
The landscape consists of slightly undulating moraine plains (prairie), which in the south and SE are replaced by the mountain terrain of the Ozark plateau. Most rivers are tributaries to the Missouri, which cut through the landscape from west to east and run along the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis. Louis. The climate is rainy and mainland with cool winters and hot summers. Extreme weather events and tornadoes occur frequently, and Missouri has been hit by floods several times, most recently in 1993. Among the violent natural phenomena are the earthquakes of New Madrid 1811-12, which are the strongest recorded in the United States.
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French settlers who came from Illinois to the north built Sainte Geneviève on the west bank of the Mississippi in 1735, and in the 1760’s, St. Louis, which became an important starting point for further settlements to the west when the area as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 came under the United States. In the controversy over the spread of slavery to the west, Congress in 1820 passed the so-called Missouri Compromise, which enabled the area to be included as a slave state in the United States the following year; slavery, however, was of limited importance in Missouri, which remained in the Union during the American Civil War of 1861-65.