The United States wasn't always as big as it is now. Don't forget, it started out with only thirteen states. In fact it wasn't that long ago that it was only forty-eight. In fact I can remember when it was only forty-eight and then Alaska and Hawaii entered the union in 1959. But, let's get back to the time when there were only thirteen states.
Ohio is quite a populated state now, but do you know that back in 1788, on April 7th, that the first permanent American settlement in the Northwest Territory was established in Ohio at Marietta. The Northwest Territory was made up of what later became Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the northeastern part of Minnesota. Just imagine how very sparsely populated that area was and compare it with the states that are there now. I bet those settlers at Marietta never imagined what they started.
I bet a lot of you either live in that area, did live in that area, or know someone that does live in that area. It is a big area with a lot of people and it all got started at Marietta. Let me know if any of you have connection to this Northwest Territory. I was born and raised in western Pennsylvania, which borders it and then moved to Michigan for a short time, so I can say I actually lived in the Northwest Territory, but a long time after it was broken up into different states. You all have a great day today, you hear.