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Although first explored by the Spanish in 1541, Arkansas was claimed as part of New France (Louisiana Colony) in 1682. The French used the Algonquian word for Quapaw ("Arkansaes" - meaning south wind) to refer to both the river and the Osage and Quapaw Indians living in the northern part of the state. Included in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, Arkansas was first part of the District of Louisiana, and then was included in the Missouri Territory created in 1812. Arkansas Territory was created from the southern portion of Missouri Territory in 1819. It consisted of present day Arkansas and most of Oklahoma (panhandle tier excluded). Arkansas statehood was granted in 1836, consisting essentially of current boundaries. The area to the west became Indian Country, Indian Territory, and eventually Oklahoma.
Disputed portions of northeast Texas and southeast Oklahoma were established for a few years as (Old) Miller County, Arkansas Territory, but claims were eventually abandoned by Arkansas due to Indian treaties and Texas becoming part of the United States. Lovely County, Arkansas Territory existed for one year straddling the present day Arkansas-Oklahoma northern border, but was also dissolved due to Indian treaties. Those researching the western Fort Smith area should check both Arkansas and Oklahoma as small portions of the border west of Fort Smith were disputed for some time..
A History of Izard County Arkansas
A History of Izard County Arkansas. Karr Shannon, A.B. LL.B.(1947). This is an E-book offered by our partner.
Arkansas Censuses & Substitute Name Lists, 1686-2013
91 pp., paper;
Item # FR0215-2
History of Crawford County Arkansas
History of Crawford County, Arkansas. Miss Clara B. Eno. Van Buren, Arkansas. This is an E-book offered by our partner.
History of Greene County Arkansas
History of Greene County, Arkansas. Vivian Hansbrough. (1946). This is an E-book offered by our partner.
History of Randolph County Arkansas
History of Randolph County, Arkansas. Lawrence Dalton. This is an E-book offered by our partner.
Inventory of the County Archives of Arkansas Madison County Huntsville
Inventory of the County Archives of Arkansas Madison County Huntsville. This is an E-book offered by our partner.
Report of the Adjutant General of Arkansas for the Period of the Late Rebellion 1866
Report of the Adjutant General of Arkansas for the Period of the Late Rebellion 1866. This is an E-book offered by our partner.
REPORT OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF ARKANSAS, For the Period of the Late Rebellion, and to November 1, 1866.
Albert W. Bishop, Adjutant General of Arkansas. Paperback, (1867), 2012, 282 pp.