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The Geography of the Midwest

The Midwest's location is designated, officially by the United States Census Bureau, as the North Central Region.

It consists of 12 states; Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Eastern North Central States are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, all of which are apart of the Great Lakes region. The Western North Central States include Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. All of which, excluding Iowa and Missouri, are located in the Great Plains region of the country. The Climate is hot and humid during the springs, summers, and falls, but the winters are cold since the region is far from the temperature-moderating effects of the oceans,

History of the Midwest

The first settlers in this region were American Indians who came across the Beringia land bridge between Asia and North America anywhere from 12,000 to 40,000 years ago. Genetic and archaeological evidence shows that these people are most closely related to the people now inhabiting Siberia. Prior to European colonization in North America, Native Americans had developed a large population in this vast land, estimated between 1 million to 18 million, scattered across all of North America. The states of this region became a part of the U.S. in 1803, because Napoleon Bonaparte sold it to the U.S. in the Louisiana Purchase, permanently ending French colonial efforts on the American mainland. The most famous conflicts that involved the Midwest region were: The Battle of Bull Run, The American Civil War, and the "Bleeding Kansas".

Midwestern Economics

The Natural Resources in the area are mainly agricultural crops and Lumber in the Northern most areas. Major Businesses in the area include: Breweries for Wine/Beer, Agricultural Hot-spots, and multiple manufacturing facilities. This area doesn't import nearly as much as it exports, since it is an agricultural region, and a manufacturing hub.

The Unemployment rate, as of February 2014, is 6.5. Population of the Midwest, as of April 1st 2010, is 2,534,225 people in total.