History of Colorado
First visited by Spanish explorers in the 1500s, the territory was claimed for Spain in 1706. The U.S. obtained eastern Colorado as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Then the central portion in 1845 with the addition of Texas as a state, and the western part in 1848 as a result of the Mexican War.
MAP OF COLORADO FROM 1872
Government Structure in Colorado
The powers of the government in Colorado are split into three departments. Legislative, executive, and judicial. The legislative branch known as the the general assembly is the senate and house of representatives. Their jobs are to make and revise state laws. Jobs in the executive branch include the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, and attorney general. The job is it make sure that the laws are properly executed. State agencies are included in the executive branch and they make regulations to help execute the laws. The judicial branch interprets and administers the laws. This branch is composed of the various courts that exists in Colorado. If the executive branch accuses someone of breaking the law then the judicial branch will determine if they really did. http://libguides.law.du.edu/government
Major Issues and Problems
While Colorado is a beautiful place, franking companies have admitted to high air popultion With approval from major drilling and fracking companies, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has proposed a set of regulations to reduce pollution from methane and other dangerous gases leaked by the oil and gas industry. The rules are focused on fracking wells, a mostly unregulated drilling technology that has allowed an unprecedented increase in fossil fuel extraction in Colorado and across the nation.
Geography of Colorado
Colorado has everything from rugged mountainous terrain, vast plains, desert lands, desert canyons, and mesas. The state of Colorado is defined as the geospherical rectangle that stretches from 37°N to 41°N latitude and from 102°03'W to 109°03'W longitude. Colorado has some of the highest elevations in the United States. Colorado has approximately 550 mountain peaks that exceed 4000 meters elevation. Colorado is the only U.S. state that lies entirely above 1000 meters elevation. The state's lowest elevation is 3,317 feet