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Indiana’s history as “The Crossroads of America” go back to the days of the pioneers and the Cumberland Road (National Road, now U.S. Highway 40). The state is part of the midwestern corn belt as well as an important manufacturing state. It’s also the birth state of many famous people including Vice President Mike Pence, John Wooden, Oscar Charleston, Ambrose Burnside, Colonel Harland Sanders, Wilbur Wright, John Hay, Red Skelton, Thomas R. Marshall, and Gus Grissom. Explore the history of Indiana and see what interesting facts you can discover about this state with a free 7-page state history printable. Create a map of the state, organize events chronologically, and explore more of the state’s exciting past with writing prompts.