(State of Wisconsin)
Flag of Wisconsin
- Location: Midwestern United States
- Capital: Madison
- Language(s): English
- Population: 5,734,463
- Total Area: 169,639 sq km
- Curious Alcohol Fact: Brandy is quite popular.
- Most Popular Drink(s): Beers, brandy, yoghurt
- Nickname(s): America’s Dairyland, BadgerState
- What You Must Do in Wisconsin: Eat some good Wisconsinite cheese!
The name of this north central state was derived from the Ojibwe word meaning ‘place of the beaver’. This word is also used in describing the Wisconsin River after which the state was actually named. Also called the Badger State, the state of Wisconsin is bordered by Lake Superior to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, Illinois to the south and on the west of the state are Minnesota and Iowa. The state was admitted into the Union as the 30th state in 1848 and has always been one of the most important centers for agriculture in the country. In various aspects, the state is a leader in food production in the country. Large tracts of land are cultivated and the major crop grown is corn. Wisconsin is also one of the largest producers of oats, sweet corn, beets, green peas, spear mint, red kidney beans and cranberries. The state is also one of the largest producers of milk in the country and is widely-acclaimed for having some of the best cheese varieties. The state’s climate has been classified as being humid continental and that implies lengthy cold, winters and brief but warm summers. The state’s capital is Madison and the largest city is Milwaukee.
If any of the states in the United States can be described as being heterogeneous, Wisconsin is it. Whites number more than 90% of the residents in the state and many of them have English, Scandinavian, German, Belgian and Italian ancestries. Other ethnic groups in the country include the African Americans (Blacks), Asians, American Indians (Native Americans), Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. The principal religion in the state is Christianity and the largest denominations include the Protestant –Lutheran, Methodist and BaptistChurches and then the Roman Catholic Church.
Eating in Wisconsin
To eat in the state of Wisconsin is to enjoy the finest meals in America. For one, I will always remember the state as a dairy paradise. The very best types of cheese are produced in the BadgerState. Of all the states I have toured in the United States, I find Wisconsin to be the most interesting when it comes to performing what I call ‘dairy wonder’. You can always check out the fried cheese curds –with some cool fruit juice. Apart from the dairy products, there is a local delicacy made from perch (which is fried until dry). This fried fish is sumptuous and you will find it refreshing and tasty. In the community mainly occupied by Danes, you will be treated to the kingly Danish kringle. In other communities, you need to try out German potato salads, hamburgers, summer sausage, chicken paprikash, sauerbraten and beer cheese soup. These are just some of the lovely dishes waiting for you in Wisconsin.
Drinking in Wisconsin
The state is known for superb beers and fine brandy. Exquisite wines are also available and you will not find it difficult to purchase soft drinks. You must also remember to try some nice yoghurt; after all, this is America’s Dairyland.
Sports in Wisconsin
The state of Wisconsin has some of the most astounding sporting teams in the country and these are mainly in the following areas: Basketball, baseball, football and cycling.
Interesting Facts About Wisconsin
- Trilobite is the state’s fossil.
- The badger has been adopted as the state animal for Wisconsin.
- Wisconsin produces more ginseng than any other state in the country.
- There are countless music festivals in the state of Wisconsin and these attract tourists from various parts of the globe.
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