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The Iowa State Constitution, 2nd Edition by Pettys, Todd E (9th February 2018)

Part One The History of the Iowa Constitution, The History and Development of the Iowa Constitution

From: The Iowa State Constitution (2nd Edition)

Todd E. Pettys

Representing a small but resource-rich portion of the more than 800,000 square miles of land that the United States acquired from France in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, the area that eventually would become Iowa was not the focus of sustained national attention until the 1830s. Under federal legislation enacted in 1804 and 1805, Iowa’s future home was initially part of the enormous District (and then Territory) of Louisiana. 1 In 1812, Congress renamed that vast region the Territory of Missouri 2 —an arrangement that endured until 1821, when some of that real...
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