Historical Branson Missouri
The Historical Significance of Missouri
Long before Branson shows and exciting vacation packages brought tourists from around the world to the state of Missouri, the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers brought explorers to the land. From Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet to the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition, Missouri has a rich history of exploration. Missouri was the 24th state to become a part of the United States of America, although before it gained acceptance as a state, the area sparked great debates. The Missouri Compromise is still cited as an example of how political compromises can be effective short-term solutions.
Missouri: History and Exploration
The area known today for entertaining shows and its two beautiful rivers was once inhabited by native people, as far back as 12,000 B.C. It was later discovered by two French men in the year 1673. Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet discovered the area while traveling down the Mississippi River. The two men were assigned to act as missionaries to the native people of the lands when they made the discovery. It was not until the 1710's that the French began to settle in the area, then considered Louisiana. For the several years after the French began to settle in what would later become Missouri, they had little control over the area. Eventually, the Spanish took control over the land. In the 1800s, however, Spain returned the land to the French as part of the Treaty of San Ildefonso. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson made a deal to purchase the area known as Louisiana from France. Jefferson purchased 827,000 miles of land that was located directly west of the famous Mississippi River from the French. The purchase of this land from the French is known as the Louisiana Purchase. Not long after the Louisiana Purchase, President Jefferson sent explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the new land. Eventually, Americans began to settle in the area. Later in 1821, Missouri gained acceptance as the 24th state of the United States.
- Before Branson Shows: Early Missouri Explorations- This resource provides a wide array of educational links and information, including links to additional information about early Missouri explorations.
- Lewis and Clark Missouri Explorations: The Earliest Missouri Vacation Packages- Here, a lot of information about famous explorers Lewis and Clark is provided as well as links to information about their specific explorations.
- Early Explorers: Lewis and Clark Expeditions- Historical information is provided through this website including information about the history of the United States and Lewis and Clark's expeditions.
- The History of Branson Shows- Branson shows are a highly popular attraction in Missouri. This website discusses the history of Branson shows and the theaters origins.
- Missouri Vacation Packages & Hot Spots: The Missouri History Museum- The Missouri History Museum features multiple exhibits that cover the history of Missouri through the ages.
- Lewis and Clark- This page is dedicated to information about the lives of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
The Missouri Compromise
Before Missouri was admitted as a state in 1821, there was a large debate over its acceptance. The state of Missouri was to be admitted as a state that was in favor of slavery. This became a problem for those who were against slavery, as it would have threatened the balance that existed between states that were for slavery and states that were against it. In efforts to satisfy both sides of the debate, the northern areas of the former Louisiana were declared free, with the exception of the area known as Missouri, which was deemed a slave state. Missouri was admitted as a slave state while Maine was declared a free state. This was known as the "Missouri Compromise". In the year 1854, however, the decision was revoked by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. This act allowed individual areas of the region to decide whether their area would be free or not, depending on popular vote of the white male people inhabiting the area.
- Civil War Resources- The United States was not always what it is today. This resource lists many links to specific battles and information about the Civil War.
- From Wars to Branson Shows: Missouri Research Links- Following the links provided here, readers are given excellent information about matters such as the Civil War.
- Historical and Commemorative Medals- Here, both pictures and detailed information related to the Missouri Compromise are featured.
- The Civil War Web Quest: Virtual Time Travel Vacation Packages- This Civil War themed web quest enables students to analyze the events that led to the Civil War to better understand the historical significance of each event.
- The Missouri Compromise- This interactive site from the University of Oregon provides educational information about the Missouri Compromise.
- Transcript of Missouri Compromise (PDF)- This transcript details the Missouri Compromise of 1820.
- The Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act- At this link, readers can learn about Henry Clay, the man who drafted the Missouri Compromise, as well as the events that occurred after the Compromise.
- Long Before Famous Branson Shows: The History of the Missouri Compromise (PDF)- On this page, readers can find detailed information about the Missouri Compromise.
- Primary Documents in America: Missouri Compromise- Documents pertaining to the Missouri Compromise, including a map of the area are provided through this Web guide.