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Happy birthday, Iowa! It was admitted to the Union as the 29th state on this day in 1846. Americans first settled the area in June of 1833, and five years later Congress established it as the Territory of Iowa, so named because of the Ioway tribe that lived there at the time. Immediately after statehood was granted eight years after that, Iowa began developing campaigns to attract more settlers. With so little time between settling and statehood, the land was still largely untouched, leaving many rich areas to farm. Today, Iowa’s primarily agricultural economy has diversified to include industries like green energy production, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing.