Arkansas History and Attractions

By | July 25, 2022

According to, Arkansas is one of the United States of America where nature is the real protagonist, it is no coincidence that it is named “The State of Nature”. Arkansas is bordered to the north by the state of Missouri, to the east by Mississippi and Tennessee, to the west by Oklahoma and to the south by Louisiana and Texas.

Many are the tourists who visit Arkansas every year, attracted mainly by its scenic beauty but also by what its cities offer.

The northern area of ​​the state is made up of mountains where you can take long walks to discover the various lakes scattered throughout the territory.

Fort Spring, on the other hand, is a battlefield that still recalls the history of the bloody struggles that marked Arkansas, in the encounter between the east and the west of the USA.

In the Craters of the Diamond State Park it is still possible to freely search for diamonds, around you can visit the five lakes called Diamanti.

The state capital is Little Rock, which has risen to the headlines of newspapers around the world as the hometown of Bill Clinton, who studied and started his university career in Arkansas.


According to, the State of Arkansas was initially inhabited by Indian tribes, even today some names have a clear Indian derivation. In the mid-1500s this land was visited for the first time by Europeans, first Spaniards then French but it was only in 1836 that it became a state. In 1861 the Civil War began , to break away from the Federal Union but the ideas of independence were crushed in 1864. From there began the ascent to bring Arkansas to be a territory in which to start new activities and create still non-existent urban centers. A great boost is given by the search for precious minerals.


Arkansas is full of paths for the discovery of nature and its parks.
There is no shortage of renowned spas where you can enjoy relaxation. Hot Springs is the most important spa in all of the USA. Eureka Spring instead has a very fascinating Victorian architecture and every year hosts the craft fair, during which it seems to still live in the nineteenth century.
Little Rock is a small capital, but it boasts a mall ideal for shopping.


The traditional menu is based on beef or fried chicken. The capital also eats grilled rainbow trout. The winning point of the cuisine of this state, however, is the wine; tours are organized among the various producers, thus also going in search of the testimonies of the Old West.

Nature and adventure

Arkansas has always been a sought-after state due to its ancient dimension linked to the discovery of the West. Many have been those who have placed their hopes for a life of gold and diamonds in its territory. The Diamonds lakes are also so called for their natural beauty. The Hot Spring Park is the smallest in the USA but boasts of being very precious for its 47 thermal springs of hot water, also rich in minerals, useful for the treatment of various ailments and for well-being.

NAMED: “The Natural State”
ORIGIN NAME: This is the name that in the 17th century the French Jesuits gave to a group of Sioux, which they called the area’s river.
CAPITAL: Little Rock
STATE BORDERS: Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
MEMBER UNION SINCE: June 15, 1836 (25th state)
POPULATION: 2,551,373
CAPITAL POPULATION: 197.958 residents
MOTTO: “Regnat populus (The people rule)”
TREE: Pine
BIRD: Mockingbird
FLOWER: Apple Blossom
SONG: Arkansas
THE FLAG: A diamond on a red field represents the only place in North America where diamonds have been discovered and mined. The twenty-five white stars around the diamond mean that Arkansas was the twenty-fifth state that joined the union. The star in the top center on the white field symbolizes Arkansas’s membership as a Confederate member during the Civil War. The other three stars represent Spain, France and the United States, the first countries to rule the lands of Arkansas. The flag was adopted in 1913.
AGRICULTURE: Poultry and eggs, soy, livestock, cotton, rice, pigs, milk.
INDUSTRY: Transformation of food products, electrical equipment, metal derivatives.

Arkansas economy

The economy of Arkansas is essentially based on industry and services, although even today the income from the many farms located in the state is worth several billion dollars annually. The main agricultural products are soybeans, rice, cotton and hay, to which are added wheat, oats, spinach and other fruit and vegetable products (tomatoes, apples, peaches). Poultry farming and dairy production are very important; of a certain importance is the breeding of beef cattle (cattle, pigs), practiced in the northern and north-western areas. Arkansas has a sizable forestry industry specializing in pulp and plywood production. The fishing activity is limited but not negligible: tens of thousands of tons of fish are caught from the waters of the Mississippi and its tributaries. The mining industry is highly developed in Arkansas thanks to the numerous mineral deposits. The main sectors are oil, natural gas and coal. The state is also the leading American producer of bromine, bauxite and vanadium.

Industrial production plays an absolutely fundamental role in the economy of the state. The sectors where manufacturing activity is most concentrated are those of food, electricity, wood and its derivatives. Also of some importance are clothing, chemicals, oil refining, printing machinery and metalworking. Among the major industrial centers are the towns of Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Fort Smith. The tourism industry is highly developed, thanks to the considerable flow of visitors who arrive each year, attracted by the countless natural beauties, among which the Hot Springs National Park stands out.

Arkansas economy