Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The 24th State...!

I have considered buying some land in Missouri from time to time, but to be honest...I never knew the history of this state!

They actually have a pretty interesting history! Almost as good as Texas! Notice I said "almost!"

Aug 10, 1821:

New state west of the Mississippi

Missouri enters the Union as the 24th state--and the first located entirely west of the Mississippi River.

Named for one of the Native American groups that once lived in the territory, Missouri became a U.S. possession as part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. In 1817, Missouri Territory applied for statehood, but the question of whether it would be slave or free delayed approval by Congress. In 1820, the Missouri Compromise was reached, admitting Missouri as a slave state but excluding slavery from the other Louisiana Purchase lands north of Missouri's southern border. Missouri's August 1821 entrance into the Union as a slave state was met with disapproval by many of its citizens.

In 1861, when other slave states seceded from the Union, Missouri chose to remain; although a provincial government was established in the next year by Confederate sympathizers. During the war, Missourians were split in their allegiances, supplying both Union and Confederate forces with troops. Lawlessness persisted during this period, and Missouri-born Confederate guerrillas such as Jesse James continued this lawlessness after the South's defeat. With the ratification of Missouri's new constitution by the citizens of the state in 1875, the old divisions were finally put to rest.

I think it's always interesting to find out some of the history of states, other than the one we live in. It makes history sort of come alive a little more, don't you agree?

Come on out to the patio and I'll buy the coffee! I have some peach pie to go with it!


Gorges Smythe said...

I used to go to church with a woman from Missouri. She was constantly telling us that she was from Missouri and to "show her" this or that. One day I replied, "Well, we're from West Virginia; you can just TELL us and we'll understand!" :-)

Stephen said...

Peach pie and coffee...I'll be there in a moment.

Ben in Texas said...

Interesting about Missouri, never been there. in the movie Outlaw Josie Wales, Sandra Lock made the joke about the Missouri Mule , remember? ( Show me. :-)

Momlady said...

Peach pie? Yum!

SHARON said...

Peach pie and coffee, give me 20 minutes to get ready, I'll see ya in, oh, about 3 days.
I think I've learned more history from your blog than I did in school.

TROUBLEnTX said...

I'll even bring the ice cream!

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
Now that's a pretty good come-back! I like it!

Hey, thanks for coming by today!

Hey Stephan...
Makes for a pretty good breakfast, doesn't it? If not breakfast, then a nice break time snack!

No wonder I keep getting bigger around the middle!

Thanks for dropping in today!

Hey Ben...
Now that you have your own traveling bedroom, you should go on a visit up there! Has to be a little cooler than here, or at least maybe they have some rain to share!

Thanks, buddy, for coming by today!

Hey Momlady...
Be sure to bring some of those fig preserves when you come!

Have a great day, and thanks for coming over this morning!

Hey Sharon...
Always glad to share what I pick up. is a great place to learn all about history on a particular date!

Glad you could come over today!

Hey Trouble...
Ice cream is good at any time! Sure would go good with this pie...and I like ice cream and coffee together!

Thanks for dropping in today!