French explorers first visited the Illinois region in 1673 by travelling down the Mississippi River, and the Ohio River brought many settlers westward to southern Illinois in the 19th century. Illinois became the 21st state in 1818, and most of the native Americans were forced out of the state by the 1830s. Chicago, the most populous Midwestern city, has become an economic powerhouse and a major rail, road, air transport, and shipping hub. Goods are shipped between Chicago and Atlantic Ocean ports via the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway; goods are barged between Chicago and the Gulf of Mexico via rivers and canals.
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Illinois is the 24th largest state in the USA, bounded by the states of Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, and Missouri. Visit this site to learn more about the state, and find printable maps of Illinois.
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This Illinois map page features a detailed, scalable road map of Illinois, as well as Interstate highway routes, scenic byway information, and state road department links.
This cover of the Sears Roebuck catalog (1921 edition) shows the Sears Roebuck Company headquarters building in Chicago, Illinois. American shoppers, especially in rural areas, used this mail order catalog to purchase many of life's basic necessities.
Indiana is the 38th largest state in the USA, bounded by the states of Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. Visit this site to learn more about Indiana, and view printable maps of Indiana.
Iowa is the 23rd largest state in the United States, bordered by Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Visit this site to learn more, and find printable maps of Iowa.
Missouri is the 18th largest USA state, bordered by Iowa, Arkansas, Kentucky, Kansas, Illinois, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Visit this site to learn more about Missouri and find printable maps of the state.
Wisconsin is the 25th largest USA state, bounded by Lake Superior to the north, Illinois to the south, Minnesota and Iowa to the west, and Lake Michigan and the state of Michigan to the east.