“Oklahoma” is derived from the Choctaw words “okla” and “humma” meaning “red people” and is also nicknamed the “Sooner State” to reference the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on the choicest parcels of land before the official opening date and the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889 which opened the door for white settlement in America’s Indian Territory. This led to a merging of Oklahoma Territory and “Indian Territory” and became the 46th state to become part of the United States. Residents call themselves “Oklahomans” or “Okies”. The capital is Oklahoma City. Oklahoma is the 20th most extensive and 28th most populated of the U.S. states. Historically Oklahoma was used for cattle drives, southern settlers, and government sanctioned Indian reservations.
Oklahoma has a prevalence of English, German, Scottish, Scotch-Irish, and Native American ancestry. Over 25 Native American languages are spoken in Oklahoma second only to California.
Economy/Industry: gas, oil, agriculture, aviation, energy, telecommunications, and biotechnology.
Geography: The state is located in the South Central United States. The state consists primarily of mountain ranges, prairies, mesas, forests, plains, and timber regions. The location is prone to severe weather, especially tornadoes.
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- Wikipedia 2015 “Oklahoma” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma referenced 8/16/15.
- Wikipedia 2015 “United States of America” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States referenced 8/16/15.