(State of Nebraska)
Flag of Nebraska
• Location: Midwestern United States
• Capital: Lincoln
• Language(s): English
• Population: 1,867,464
• Total Area: 200,520 sq km
• Curious Alcohol Fact: There are lovely Nebraska wines.
• Most Popular Drink(s): Wines, beers, soft drinks
• Interesting Fact: Omaha was the former capital.
• Nickname(s): Cornhusker State
• What You Must Do in Nebraska: Visit the fast-flowing Niobrara River.
Sited in the Great Plains of the United States, Nebraska is one state that is known for being one of the most important centers for agriculture. The state is bounded on the north by the state of South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and the Missouri River on the east and has the states of Colorado and Wyoming flanking it to the west. To the south, the state of Nebraska is bounded by Kansas. The state was admitted to the Union in 1867 as the 37th state in the country. In geographical terms, the state can be divided into two parts and these include the Till Plains of the Central Lowlands and of course, the Great Plains which cover the western half of the state. The state is also drained by various hydrographic features and these include the Platte River, Republican River, Big Blue River, Loup River and the Elkhorn River. Nebraska is landlocked by states that are bordered by landlocked states themselves! Geographers refer to this rare phenomenon as ‘triple landlocking’. Fortunately for the Nebraskans, the state is well-drained by rivers and there is no need to suffer for lacking direct access to the ocean.
The original settlers of the area that is now Nebraska are the American Indian tribes like the Omaha, Pawnee and the Otoe. However, Whites make up more than 90% of the population and many of them have German, English, Swedish and Irish ancestries. Apart from the Whites, the other Nebraskans are Hispanics (Latinos from Mexico and Latin America states), Blacks (African Americans), American Indians, Asians and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders. Around 90% of the citizens are Christians with the Roman Catholic Church being the largest denomination.
Eating in Nebraska
If you have related with a tourist who has visited the state of Nebraska, one topic that will brighten the face of the tourist is the food of the Cornhusker State. Being a place with many Germans, you will come across sausages and other German dishes. You should also expect to be treated to a bowl of rice and beans when you visit your Latino friends in the area. With the American Indians, there is the delicious corn bread that you can always enjoy. The Asians on the other hand will spoil you with tasty and spicy foods. Surely, when it comes to diversity in the kitchen, Nebraska is one good place to start.
Drinking in Nebraska
With tens of wineries, you can always get a bottle of spirit-lifting wines. In fact, these wineries have superb packages for tourists and you will be treated very nicely. One other good thing with these wines is that you have a whole collection that you can always choose from. Some of the most popular wine brands include Frontenac Gris, Chambourcin and Chardonel. There are also numerous beers for those who feel like gulping a bit of booze. If you are not into liquor, getting soft drinks, bottled water or fresh fruit juices is quite easy.
Sports in Nebraska
Apart from being a major agricultural center, Nebraska is also home to one of the most vibrant sporting teams in the country and this include the Omaha Nighthawks and the Omaha Vipers. The most popular sports in the state include football, baseball, soccer and hockey.
Interesting Things About Nebraska
• Nebraska is home to Warren Buffett, one of the world’s richest men.
• Nebraska is one of few triply landlocked territories in the world.
• Beef production is a major activity in the state.
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