(State of Missouri)
• Location: Midwestern United States
• Capital: Jefferson City
• Language(s): English
• Population: 6,042,453
• Total Area: 180,533 sq km
• Curious Alcohol Fact: The state has over 90 wineries!
• Most Popular Drink(s): Missouri wines
• Nickname(s): The Show Me State
• What You Must Do in Missouri: Visit as many counties as possible.
Located in the central part of the country, the state of Missouri is popular for having hundreds of counties and one independent city. The state is bounded in the north by Iowa, the south by Arkansas and to the west lies Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. To the east and across the mighty Mississippi River lies Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky – that makes an impressive total of eight! It is important to point out that in the country, Tennessee has the same number of neighbors as the Show Me State. Initially owned and controlled by France, it became an American possession with the Louisiana Purchase and was incorporated into the Union as the 24th state in 1821. Like Illinois, the state of Missouri is a game changer when it comes to politics and has played a very significant role in influencing America’s political landscape. The two largest cities in the state are St. Louis and Kansas City although the capital city is Jefferson City. Located close to Canada, the state’s climate (which has been classified as being humid continental) is moderated to a certain degree by that of the vast North American country.
In the state, more than 80% of the people are Whites and many of them have roots in Europe especially in nations like the United Kingdom, Germany and France (you will meet Missouri Creole or the Missouri French). Other Missourians are African Americans, Asians, Native Americans or Pacific Islanders. The most widely spoken language in the state is English and in some other communities, Spanish, French and even indigenous languages are spoken. Interestingly but not surprisingly, over three-quarters of the Missourians are Christians with many being Protestants, Catholics or Anglicans.
Eating in Missouri
What you eat in Missouri depends to an extent on the place you are dining with friends. However, one thing that I am quite sure of is the fact that irrespective of the location, you are sure of getting fantastic dishes in state. If you want me to ‘show you’, I will: fried-brain sandwiches, pork steak, Gerber sandwiches, toasted ravioli and iced custard are some of the tasty meals you will come across while touring the state of Missouri. In the rural areas, I helped myself to a serving of caramel nut tart and lemon-herb pot roast made from beef. To really conquer the cuisine of this fascinating state, try a bowl of venison soup.
Drinking in Missouri
Drinking in Missouri will not pose any problem at as there are numerous breweries in the state. For the lovers of beer, you have brands like the IBC Root Beer and Saint Louis. Beers aside, the state is known for its intimidating winemaking industry and if you are a lover of the golden liquid, you may as well relocate to Missouri. This state has more than 90 wineries and they all produce top-grade wines! That means you have an endless list of brands to select from: Muscat Canelli, De Chaunac, Traminette and many more.
Sports in Missouri
The first Olympic Games hosted in the country was in the state of Missouri in 1904. That is to give you an idea of the long tradition of sports in the state. Today, there are countless teams engaging in the following sports: baseball, soccer, basketball, hockey, golf and swimming. You really have to pay a visit to this amazing state before you can fully appreciate its majesty.
Interesting Things About Missouri
• The state has 114 counties!
• Missouri is somewhat special in the sense that it is bordered by eight different states, only Tennessee has a similar record.
• The impressive Gateway Arch in the city of St. Louis is one of the most remarkable structures in the country.
• There is a special dialect of French spoken in the state and has been appropriately named ‘Missouri French’.
• The state has produced just one United States President –Harry Truman.
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