Wisconsin, bordered by
the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois, as well as Lakes
Michigan and Superior, has been part of United States territory since
the end of the American Revolution; the Wisconsin Territory (which
included parts of other current states) was formed on July 3, 1836.
Wisconsin ratified its constitution March 13, 1848, and was admitted
to the Union on May 29, 1848, as the 30th state.
The state's southern boundary
line was originally supposed to reach the southern-most tip of Lake
Michigan, but for some reason politics intervened during the debates
of the Northwest Ordinance to make it as it appears in the present
day. Wisconsin would have possessed the City of Chicago had the state
line been pushed further south as originally contemplated.
Wisconsin's economy was
originally based on farming (especially dairy), mining, and lumbering.
In the 20th century, tourism became important, and many people living
on former farms commuted to jobs elsewhere. Large-scale industrialization
began in the late 19th century in the southeast of the state, with
the city of Milwaukee as its major center.
In recent decades, service
industries, especially medicine and education, have become dominant.
Wisconsin's landscape, largely shaped by the Wisconsin glaciation
of the last Ice Age, makes the state popular for both tourism and
many forms of outdoor recreation. Select
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