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The name Missouri originates from Sioux Indians of the state called the Missouris. The Smithsonian Bureau of American Ethnology states that Missouri means town of the large canoes. Other authorities say the original Indian syllables from which the word came mean wooden canoe people, he of the big canoe, or river of the big canoes.
Total Area (Rank)
69,709 sq mi (21st)
Population (Rank) 6,044,171
Capital Jefferson City
Major Industries manufacturing,
farming, trade, tourism, services, government, mining
First Explored By Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet in 1673
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