The longtime home of many various American Indian tribes is what gave the Indiana Territory its name, which translated meant, Land of Indians, when it was named by the United States Congress.

In 1614 the French landed here followed closely by the British, and for decades they fought both the Indians and each other to gain control of what was a very fertile and very strategically placed land area.

Traditional Lenape Home

Not long after the Revolution ended settlers from the more eastern states began to arrive and in short order, less than thirty years, the Indians here were beaten back and removed. The land of Indians was to take a sharp turn away from the peaceful land it had once been.
Remanants of them and their history remain, rich and full and open to public viewing, to afford us a glimpse of what was.

Between 1880 and 1910 many companies, including Standard Oil, US STEEL, and several more built large factories and facilities along the shores of Lake Michigan, making large towns and cities nearly overnight.
Farmers began to plant and cover the more rural areas, and immigrants poured into what was now known as the Hoosier State.

Lincolns Boyhood Home

Indiana is famous largely for Abraham Lincolns small log cabin, for the running of the Indianapolis 500 race, for the Underground railroad and many other things but its true claim to fame is the small town attitude and outlook that still prevails in even the largest cities.
Among the other aspects of Indiana that are well worth seeing are one of the largest collections of original covered bridges that still remain today, second, of course to Madison County Iowa, as well as for sights such as the many exotic big cats, such as lions, tigers and cheetahs that can be viewed at the Exotic Feline Rescue, also located in Indiana.

Exotic Feline Rescue of Indiana

One of the more interesting things to see in Indiana is the rivers, forests and the rolling hills that offer up such delightful scenery, yet these too are settings for the other interests that lay in Indiana, among them, the home of the President who freed the slaves, quite fitting actually when it is coupled with one of the other attractions, that being the maps and markers for the Underground Railroad.
Hundreds of fugitives, runaway slaves made their way across the Ohio River and were swallowed up by white and black assistants in their bid for freedom, as they made their way north.
Their movements became what was called the Underground Railroad, and it is in Indiana that much of what is known can be seen.

Underground Railroad Map

The routes traveled by the runaway slaves and the locations of the safe houses that hid them from danger are all but invisible to the world now, but the maps and markers that are available can help us to learn about the trails they took thatt led to freedom..
Any visitor to Indiana is in for a rare treat and a wonderful glimpse of not only night life, shopping, arts and cultures, but also a wonderful and rich history.

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