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New and prospective Missouri residents will discover that Missouri offers diverse landscapes and opportunities which range from the rugged Ozarks to urban areas Located almost in the geographical middle of the nation, Missouri was admitted to the union in 1821. The region was initially explored by Louis Joliet and Father Marquette in 1673. the French founded the oldest city in the state, St. Genevieve during the 1730's. Subsequently St. Louis was founded in 1764. by Pierre LaClede. Today, St. Louis is still Missouri's largest metropolitan center and is situated along the Mississippi River at the eastern part of the state. Annhesuer-Busch beer continues to be brewed in St. Louis while the landmark Gateway Arch is known the world over.

On the west boundary, Kansas City is Missouri's second largest metro center - . Spilling over state lines into Kansas, the KC metro region dominates the area as an industrial and agricultural center. Hallmark Cards calls Kansas city home along with numerous other companies. Often labeled a "cowtown" in the past, today's Kansas City is very cosmopolitan.

Hernando DeSoto visited the Missouri area in 1541. France's claim to the entire region was based on Sieur de la Salle's travels in 1682. French fur traders established Ste. Genevieve in 1735, and St. Louis was first settled in 1764.

The U.S. gained Missouri from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and the territory was admitted as a state following the Missouri Compromise of 1820. Throughout the pre–Civil War period and during the war, Missourians were sharply divided in their opinions about slavery and in their allegiances, supplying both Union and Confederate forces with troops. However, the state itself remained in the Union.

Historically, Missouri played a leading role as a gateway to the West, St. Joseph being the eastern starting point of the Pony Express, while the much-traveled Santa Fe and Oregon trails began in Independence.

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