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Before becoming a territory, varying cultures of indigenous peoples and historic Native Americans inhabited Indiana for thousands of years. Since its founding as a territory, settlement patterns in Indiana have reflected regional cultural segmentation present in the Eastern United States; the state’s northernmost tier was settled primarily by people from New England and New York, Central Indiana by migrants from the Mid-Atlantic states and from adjacent Ohio, and Southern Indiana by settlers from the Southern states, particularly Kentucky and Tennessee.
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Indiana is a U.S. state located in the midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America. Indiana is the 38th largest by area and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U.S. state on December 11, 1816. Indiana borders Lake Michigan to the northwest, Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, Kentucky to the south and southeast, and Illinois to the west.
Indiana has a diverse economy with a gross state product of $341.9 billion in 2016. Indiana has several metropolitan areas with populations greater than 100,000 and a number of smaller industrial cities and towns. Indiana is home to professional sports teams, including the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts and the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, and hosts several notable athletic events, such as the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 motorsports races.
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The state of Indiana has 13 interstate highways, 19 U.S. highways, and hundreds of state roads entirely or partly within its state lines. Indiana has places a mileage cap on its state, limiting the highway system to staying under 12,000 miles. The longest route in the state is U.S. Route 231 at 284.277 miles. US 231 begins in the south at the Kentucky state line on the William H. Natcher Bridge, and runs north before ending at the start of US 41 in St. John. The longest east-west route in the state is Interstate 74 at 171.54 miles. I-74 runs from Danville, Illinois in the west to the Ohio state line at Harrison in the east. Interstate 69 is the longest interstate highway at 272 miles, beginning at I-465 in Indianapolis and running to the Michigan state line northwest of Freemont. Interstate 90 is another important highway in Indiana. I-90 is also known as the Indiana Toll Road and connects Illinois to Ohio through the northern part of Indiana. The Indiana Toll Road is often labeled as the “Main Street of the Midwest.”