How did Kentucky become a state
Kentucky is located in the southeastern center of the United States and is enclosed by the seven states of Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois. As the only one of the entire state, Kentucky is bounded on three sides by the Mississippi, Ohio, Tug Fork and Sandy Rivers. The landscape is shaped accordingly by the huge river network. Kentucky was named after the river of the same name, the Kentucky River, which rises and flows here. The name of the state comes from the Iroquois language and translates as "meadow" or "meadow". It owes its nickname "Bluegrass State" to the blue-green shimmering grassland. This phenomenon can be experienced every year when the bluebell is in full bloom from April to the end of May.
With the breakaway of Virginia and the appointment as the 15th state of the USA in 1792, Kentucky was exactly between the southern and northern states. It can therefore be said that the state was caught between two stools, both geographically and historically. This "tricky" situation became particularly evident during the civil war, when some residents of Kentucky, which actually belonged to the Union and thus to the northern states, fought for the confederate states. It is undisputed that Kentucky can look back on an eventful and rich history. From the Native American Indians and the resulting struggles for domination to the time as a British colony, the War of Independence and the Civil Rights Movement that followed decades later, Kentucky has endured a lot.
Old traditions and the idyll of rural life shape Kentucky's culture. Unique attractions make the "Bluegrass State" a great destination. Kentucky is world-famous for breeding thoroughbreds, its first-class whiskey distilling, and yes, also for the fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken, which was founded here. Every horse lover should visit Kentucky at least once in their life. You shouldn't miss the world-famous "Kentucky Derby", which takes place every year in May. In Kentucky, horses aren't just bred - no, winners are born here. The Kentucky bourbon whiskey produced here, such as Jim Beam, has achieved international status and has long since ousted Tennessee's Jack Daniels. For Americans, Kentucky is above all the state in which the respected US President Abraham Lincoln was born.
Like many other southern states, Kentucky has a great passion for music. Country music in particular is of great importance, even if Kentucky's neighbor Tennessee is regarded as the "cradle of country music". The state has produced famous country greats like Bill Ray Cyrus and Loretta Lynn. Well-known representatives of jazz, such as Lionel Hampton and Al Casey, also come from Kentucky. Here in Kentucky, Earl Scruggs created "Bluegrass Jazz", based on the nickname of the state.
For nature lovers, Kentucky stands for one thing above all else: fantastic landscapes with lush pastureland, lush green forests and glittering lakes and the impressive rugged mountains of the Appalachians. Here you will also find the world's largest cave system, the "Mammoth Caves", which inspire with their impressive stalactite formations and the "Crystal Lake", an underground lake of fascinating beauty.
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