After the usual Midwestern pattern of prehistoric mound-building natives, followed by mid-17th-century French fur traders, Indiana was settled by farmers from Kentucky (including Abraham Lincoln’s family). Resulting conflicts displaced the Native Americans, the final battle being fought in 1811 at Tippecanoe.
Indiana’s ‘Hoosier’ nickname came soon thereafter. No one is sure of its exact derivation, but it was in wide use by the 1830s. One theory is that early settlers knocking on local doors were met with a call of ‘Who’s here?’
Indiana is called ‘the mother of vice presidents’ for the five veeps it has spawned. One of the biggest political issues of the current decade has been whether or not the state should adopt daylight savings time.