The State of Indiana is the 38th largest state in the United States and was the first state to provide for the implementation of a public school system in its constitution. Indiana’s early history is marked heavily by continual establishment of treaty land, from which the area that would compose the modern state would be formed as negotiations with American Indian tribes progressed throughout the early 19th century.
Indiana’s economy is based primarily on manufacturing. Agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and coal production are also major sources of economic productivity. Indiana has many historic parks and landmarks and hosts several major sporting events including the Indianapolis 500.
The most significant of Indiana’s population centers can be found concentrated in the center and along the northern state line; primarily on the shores of Lake Michigan. Other substantial population concentrations are located in the northeast and along the southern state line.