Located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, Washington is officially designated as the State of Washington. Washington is named for George Washington, the first U.S. president.
The beautiful state of Wisconsin, in the midwest of the United States, has shorelines on two Great Lakes (Michigan and Superior). In Milwaukee, there is the Milwaukee Public Museum, where international villages are recreated. There is also the Harley-Davidson Museum, which features classic motorcycles. Several breweries are based in Milwaukee, and tours are available at many breweries.
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An archaeological find in Wisconsin shows people have lived in this part of the world a lot longer than previously thought. This find suggests that humans have lived in the Western Hemisphere for much longer than previously assumed. Wisconsin has been home to eleven Native American tribes for thousands of years, including the Dakota Sioux, the Winnebago, the Menominee, the Ojibwe, the Potawatomi, the Fox, and the Sauk.
After the French and Indian War ended, in 1763, the region came under British rule. The first European explorers to reach the area were French. A little more than two decades after the American Revolution ended, the land was formally annexed to the new country, but the British fur traders continued to control it for several years.
There was a lead mining boom in the 1820s, bringing many settlers to the area. In 1832 most of the Native American battles had ended. Wisconsin was made a state in 1848 after the Wisconsin Territory was named.
After a meeting in Wisconsin to address the spread of slavery, the Republican Party was born. (The Democratic Party's roots go back to the followers of Thomas Jefferson in 1792.) The state also aided escaped slaves to reach freedom in Canada via the Underground Railroad.
Along with badgers, the state is home to black bears, moose, white-tailed deer, muskrats, porcupines, and flying squirrels. Some common fliers include downy woodpeckers, eastern bluebirds, purple finches, red-winged blackbirds, and robins (the state bird).
The state's reptiles include milk snakes, which live near barns (although they do not drink milk! ), snapping turtles, and five-lined skinks. Amphibians in the state include the eastern red-backed salamander, American bullfrog, and mink frog.
During the fall, the large leaves of the sugar maple turn bright red, orange, and yellow, making it the state tree of Wisconsin not only for its sap, but also for maple syrup. Other common native trees include red cedar, hemlock, oak, and ash.
In most parts of the state, wildflowers grow. Tall bellflowers, crimson bee balms, fire pink, orange coneflowers, and cutleaf rosinweed, which resembles a sunflower, are standouts.
A major crop in Wisconsin's black prairie soil is corn, which is extremely fertile. Wisconsin is also one of the top producers of green beans in the country. In addition to the thousands of lakes found in the state, tourism is also a major part of the state's economy.