Who I am
Martí Micolau

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  • Historical notes
  • To visit
  • Famous name

The State ofIowa it has many features that make it suggestive and full of charm, even if it is often underestimated.

The territory of Iowa borders Minnesota to the north, Missouri to the south, Nebraska and South Dakota to the west, Wisconsin and Illinois to the east. The Mississippi and Missouri rivers draw their borders to the east and west, respectively.

The name of the state is that of an indigenous Indian tribe, the Iowa in fact, who have ceded the territory to the United States of America, retreating to Oklahoma. The capital is Des Moines.

In general, the territory of Iowa is undulating, composed of hills that do not rise more than a few hundred meters, in it there are many lakes, both natural and artificial. The climate of Iowa is therefore continental with very harsh winters that can lead to heavy snowfalls and instead very hot summers with temperatures that reach even 35 degrees. Throughout the year, Iowa can count as many as fifty days characterized by thunderstorms that are also delineated with hail and ruinous rains.

Historical notes

Iowa is a state where colonizers came from many places, both French but also Spanish and German, each bringing their own way of life but all dedicating themselves to agriculture and livestock. Iowa has the largest number of pig farmers and grain producers in the United States. Iowa is currently the state where the primaries for the presidency of the White House begin.

To visit

The name of the capital, Des Moines, literally means Of the Monks. It is a very quiet city, full of greenery and botanical gardens where you can admire the beauties of nature. It was founded to protect the pioneers arriving in the surrounding territories from attacks by the Sioux and Fox populations. From the cultural point of view, the Des Moines Arts Center, which houses works by Picasso, Renoir but also Wood and Hopper. From a commercial point of view, the city is very important as it represents the third largest insurance center in the world.

Iowa's second largest city is Cedar Rapid, which has a strong Czech influence, for having been colonized by the Czechs and therefore it is possible to visit the Czech Village, the Czec Museum and shop in pure mittleurope style.

In the old capital Iowa City, it has an important university seat of the Writers Workshop, it is in fact also defined the city of writers, of the caliber of Flannery O 'Connor, Irving and others.

Curious to know is Amana Colonies, an agglomeration of seven communities founded by a German Protestant sect, the community is organized as a joint stock company so the profits are divided among all members of the same.

Famous name

The legendary John Wayne, who played well the characters of the west, born in Iowa, knew therefore what it means to have around a wild and uncontaminated nature, gentle slopes next to rivers and farms where work also depends on the daily weather.

ABNAMED: “The Hawkeye State”
ORIGIN NAME: Ayuwa, the sleepy, was the name of an Indian tribe in the area, from which this state was later derived.
CAPITAL: Des Moines
MEMBER UNION FROM: 28 December 1846 (29th state)
POPULATION: 2.869.413
POOR PEOPLE: 9,9 % water content
MOTTO: “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain”
BIRD: Eastern Goldfish
FLOWER: wild rose
SONG: Song of Iowa
FLAG: Having three vertical bands of blue, white, and red, the Iowa flag resembles the flag of France. On the white stripe is an eagle carrying a blue streamer with its beak, which bears the Iowa motto. The flag was adopted in 1921.
- AGRICULTURE: Pigs, cereals, soy, oats, livestock, dairy products.
- INDUSTRY : Chemicals, primary metals.
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