4-14 The State of Indiana

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The great state of Indiana became a state on December 11, 1816.  President James Madison signed a congressional resolution admitting Indiana to the Union as the 19th state. The first capital was Corydon, where it remained until 1825 when Indianapolis became the new capital.  Congress coined the name “Indiana” in 1800, when the Indiana Territory was carved out of the Northwest Territory. The name, which means “the land of the Indians,” was kept when Indiana was admitted to the Union.  At the time of statehood, native Americans were officially recognized as the owners of most of central and northern Indiana, or about two-thirds of the State.

Emblem/Symbol Name of Emblem/Symbol Adopted
Motto "The Crossroads of America" 1937
Nickname "Hoosier State"  
State Seal 1963
State Bird Cardinal 1933
State Flower Peony 1957
State Song

"On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away"

State Tree Tulip Tree 1931
State Flag 1917
State Stone Limestone 1971
State River Wabash River 1996

Complete the questions below.

1.  Indiana became a state on December 11, .

2.  Indiana was the state to join the union.

3.  The state stone is the .

4.  The state nickname is the .

5.  "The Crossroads of America" is the state .

6.  The Peony is the state .

7.  Indiana was named after the .

8.  The state bird is the .

9.  The state flag was adopted in .

10.  "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" is the state .



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