Three major rivers create boundaries for the state of Iowa: the Mississippi to the east, and the Missouri and Big Sioux to the west. These rivers played a major role in the exploration and settlement of Iowa since river travel was the easiest form of transportation in the times before roads and rails. Iowa’s major cities were developed on major rivers. Similar to other plains states, Iowa was explored and claimed by several nations before it became an American territory: France, England, and Spain. Native American tribes lived in the area long before European settlers moved in.
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