Indiana joined the Union in 1816, becoming the 19th state. For thousands of years, this land was home to many native tribes. After a dispute between local traders and Native Americans, the Iroquois Confederacy gave the land to settle the peace. The common practice was to name the territory after whom they obtained the land – creating the original name “Land of the Indians.” The Indiana Company later took Virginia to court over the ownership of that land. This trial lasted over a decade and ended in Virginia’s favor; however, when Congress later divided the northern territory, they gave that land the name Indiana.
For most of the 20th century, manufacturing dominated the industry in Indiana. The state’s location, overlooking the Midwestern region, has contributed to the growth of consumer and industrial markets. Indiana’s distribution centers are among the busiest in the nation since many transportation companies take advantage of their industrial corridors.