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Iowa was named after the Ioway tribe of Native Americans, "discovered" by European travelers Marquette and Joliet, and was home to many Native American tribes before Dubuque began mining operations inside of the state in the early 1800s By the mid-1850's European claims took a backseat to American takeover of the Indian lands. The Iowa territory marked a great expansion, and in 1846 Iowa officially became a state.
Since then, Iowa has remained largely agricultural. The rivers marking our borders sparked a steamboat era, and during the decline of riverboats we grew as a railroad center, then later as a transportation hub for truckers and interstate travelers. Through it all, Iowa has continued to grow, and remain steady in its values, educational priorities, and as a great state for families.