Arkansas Facts & Trivia
Arkansas is one of the Southern states of the United States. The name Arkansas is derived from a Quapaw Indian word meaning "downstream people." The name was also spelled Arkansa and Arkansaw. The region of Arkansas was first visited by European explorers in 1541-42, and was acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase, becoming the 25th state in 1836. Long known as an agricultural region, the state industrialized after 1950. Agriculture, manufacturing, recreation, and several service industries are the mainstay of the current economy. Although it lost population in the 1940s and '50s, Arkansas has grown since 1960.
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