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Iowa

History

After the 1832 Black Hawk War pushed local Native Americans westward, immigrants flooded into Iowa from all parts of the world and hit the ground farming. Some established experimental communities such as the Germans of the Amana Colonies. Others spread out and kept coaxing the soil (95% of the land is fertile) until Iowa attained its current status as ‘Food Capital of the World’ and US leader in hogs and corn. Iowa is also the state that makes or breaks presidents: ever since the early 1970s, the Iowa Caucus has opened the national election battle.