Did You Know? 1812.

Missouri Territory (1814).

Maps help us navigate our way through life. Here is one of those many maps that Hawkeyes have used over the last 300 years to navigate around this beautiful place called Iowa.

Did you know that IOWA was once a part of Missouri Territory?

The Eighth Congress of the United States on March 26, 1804, passed legislation entitled “An act erecting Louisiana into two territories, and providing for the temporary government thereof,” which established the Territory of Orleans (present day Louisiana) and the District of Louisiana (everything north of the 33rd parallel) as organized incorporated U.S. territories. On March 3, 1805, Congress passed legislation changing the District of Louisiana into the Louisiana Territory, effective July 4, 1805, with St. Louis as its capital.

When Louisiana became a state in 1812, the name was once again changed, this time to Missouri Territory.


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