This Day in History: December 11, 1816
Indiana, The Hoosier State
Christened in 1800, “Indiana” means Land of the Indians or Land of Indians, named so for the Indian tribes that lived there when white settlers arrived. Various American Indian tribes are a significant part of Indiana history, including the Miamis, Chippewa, Delawares, Erie, Shawnee, Iroquois, Kickapoo, Potawatomies, Mahican, Nanticoke, Huron, and Mohegan. To honor the people to whom the land originally belonged and from whom it had been obtained, it was Indiana, land of the Indians. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U.S. state on December 11, 1816.
The Hoosier State may boast a rich basketball and motorsports tradition, but it also offers the non-sports fan a surprising number of sightseeing opportunities. From the Indiana World War Memorial to the Madison Historic District, to the Angel Mounts scattered throughout the southwestern corner of the state, there are many sites you don’t want to miss.