Geography and Landforms:
Due to its central location, Indiana has been called the "Crossroads of America."
The state is comprised of three main geographic regions. The Great Lakes Plains are located to the North. This area is marked by fertile lowlands, small lakes, moraines (low hills of rock and earth left by glaciers), and large sand dunes along the Lake Michigan shore line.
The first European explorer to come to Indiana was Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle. He entered the region in 1679 from the Canadian French colonies, seeking a water route to the Pacific Ocean.
Manufacturing is an important part of Indiana's economy. Iron, steel, electrical and transportation equipment, chemicals, and food items are produced in industrial cities throughout the state. These include Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Kokomo, South Bend, and Terre Haute. Indiana also has large deposits of coal and limestone, valuable resources used in industry and construction.
Indiana's earliest inhabitants were groups of Native Americans known as Mound Builders. Some of these prehistoric people were hunter-gatherers. Others were sedentary farmers. The mounds they left behind were constructed as burial sites, temples, platforms for religious structures, and earthen forts.
Books Related To Indiana
The Beef Princess of Practical County - Michelle Houts
Buster on the Farm - Marc Brown
Cover Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl - John Feinstein
A Good Night for Freedom - Barbara Olenyik Morrow
H is for Hoosier: An Indiana Alphabet - Bruce Langton
Here Lies the Librarian - Richard Peck
Learning the Game - Kevin Waltman
My Brother Abe: Sally Lincoln's Story - Harry Mazer
Running out of Time - Margaret Haddix
The School at Crooked Creek - Laurie Lawlor
Teen Idol - Meg Cabot
Throwing Stones - Kristi Collier
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