State of Arkansas

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Coat of Arms of the State of Arkansas.
Map of Arkansas counties in 1819.
Map of Arkansas counties in 1828.
Map of Arkansas counties in 1836.
Map of Arkansas counties in 1850.

The State of Arkansas was originally a part of the Louisiana Territory acquired from France in 1803. It later was part of Missouri Territory, and in 1813 most of what became the state formed Arkansas County, with Arkansas Post as the county seat. In 1819 the county became the Territory of Arkansas, with a capitol at Arkansas Post. In 1820 the territorial capitol moved to Little Rock.

Arkansas was admitted to the Union on June 15, 1836. It was the twenty-fifth state to join the Union. The state shares borders with Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

Early Inhabitants

European Exploration

Permanent Settlement

Arkansas Territory


Antebellum Arkansas

Civil War


Progressive Era

World War I

Great Depression

World War II

Front Lines of the Civil Rights Struggle


According to the U.S. Census Bureau the population of the state in 2005 was 2,779,154. The largest city in the state is Little Rock with a population of 184,081 in 2004.

Arkansas population:

  • 1836 - 51,809 (9,838 black)
  • 1860 - 435,450
  • 2005 - 2,779,154

State Departments, boards, commissions, committees, and councils


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