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About Iowa

The word “Iowa” comes from the American Indian tribe of the same name. Iowa was part of the Louisiana Purchase, a deal arranged between President Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon Bonaparte of France that brought a vast tract of the continent under the control of the United States. The area was closed to white settlement until the early 1830s.

Steamboat paddle wheelers reigned supreme on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers in the 19th century. The steamboat Bertrand sank in the Missouri near what is today the town of Missouri Valley. Excavated in 1969, the cargo is now on display in a fascinating exhibit at the De Soto National Wildlife Preserve Visitors Center.

Early State Government
After white settlement began with the Black Hawk Purchase, Iowa became part of Michigan Territory. When Michigan achieved statehood in 1837, Iowa then became a part of Wisconsin Territory. Finally, two years later, Iowa Territory was carved out of the area of Wisconsin Territory west of the Mississippi River. The first Iowa Territory legislature met in Burlington before a territorial capital city was finally selected in Johnson County. In Iowa City, the government seat was established in a grand structure known today as Old Capitol. Built in the early 1840s, Old Capitol served as the last capitol of Iowa Territory and the first capitol of the state. Under the 1857 Iowa constitution, the seat of state government was moved to Des Moines, a more central location.

    Private liberal arts colleges

  • Ashford University (formerly known as Mount St. Clare College and The Franciscan University) (Clinton, Iowa)
  • Briar Cliff University (Sioux City, Iowa)
  • Buena Vista University (Storm Lake, Iowa)
  • Central College (Pella, Iowa)
  • Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
  • Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa)
  • Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa)
  • Grand View University (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa)
  • Loras College (Dubuque, Iowa)
  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa)
  • Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa)
  • Mount Mercy College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
  • Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa)
  • Simpson College (Indianola, Iowa)
  • Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa)
  • Community colleges

  • AIB College of Business
  • Clinton Community College
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Ellsworth Community College
  • Hawkeye Community College
  • Indian Hills Community College
  • Iowa Central Community College
  • Iowa Lakes Community College
  • Iowa Western Community College
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Marshalltown Community College
  • Muscatine Community College
  • North Iowa Area Community College
  • Northeast Iowa Community College
  • Northwest Iowa Community College
  • Scott Community College
  • Southeastern Community College
  • Southwestern Community College
  • Western Iowa Tech (Sioux City, Iowa)
    Private colleges and universities

  • Buena Vista University (Storm Lake, Iowa)
  • Clarke College (Dubuque, Iowa)
  • Des Moines University (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Divine Word College (Epworth, Iowa)
  • Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, Iowa)
  • Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary (Ankeny, Iowa)
  • Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa)
  • Iowa Wesleyan College (Mount Pleasant, Iowa)
  • Kaplan University (Cedar Falls, Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Davenport, Iowa, Mason City, Iowa, Urbandale, Iowa)
  • Maharishi University of Management (Fairfield, Iowa)
  • Saint Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa)
  • University of Dubuque (Dubuque, Iowa)
  • Upper Iowa University (Fayette, Iowa)
  • Waldorf College (Forest City, Iowa)
  • William Penn University (Oskaloosa, Iowa)
  • Public colleges and universities

  • Iowa State University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Northern Iowa
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