The Mississippi River forms most of Arkansas's eastern border, except in Clay and Greene, counties where the St.Francis River forms the western boundary of the Missouri Bootheel, and in many places where the channel of the Mississippi has meandered (or been straightened by man) from its original 1836 course.The Buffalo River, Little Red River, Black River and Cache River all serve as tributaries to the White River, which also empties into the Mississippi.
The Territory of Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836.
In 1861, Arkansas withdrew from the United States and joined the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
These directionally named regions are broad and not defined along county lines.
Arkansas has seven distinct natural regions: the Ozark Mountains, Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas River Valley, Gulf Coastal Plain, Crowley's Ridge, and the Arkansas Delta, with Central Arkansas sometimes included as a blend of multiple regions.
People such as politician and educational advocate William Fulbright; former president Bill Clinton who served as the 40th and 42nd governor of Arkansas; his wife, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton; former NATO Supreme Allied Commander general Wesley Clark, Walmart magnate Sam Walton; singer-songwriters Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich, Jimmy Driftwood, and Glen Campbell; actor-filmmaker, Billy Bob Thornton; the poet C. a Dhegiha Siouan-speaking Native American people who settled in Arkansas around the 13th century.
This comes from an Algonquian term, /akansa/, for the Quapaws, and is likely also the root term for Kansas.The largest city in the state's eastern part is Jonesboro.The largest city in the state's southeastern part is Pine Bluff.Arkansas began to diversify its economy following World War II and relies on its service industry, aircraft, poultry, steel, and tourism, along with cash crops of cotton, soybeans and rice.The culture of Arkansas is observable in museums, theaters, novels, television shows, restaurants, and athletic venues across the state. Mc Millan, who was a pioneer in superconductor research; have all lived in Arkansas.The Red River briefly serves as the state's boundary with Texas.